Tahr

Current Tahr records are as follows:

Place Name Douglas Score Date Location
1st= Buck Kimber 44 ¾ 1/05/2008 Karangarua River
1st= Tony Hopkins 44 ¾ 29/01/2009 South Westland
3rd Cody Weller 44 ½ 26/12/2005 Whataroa
4th Darrel Hodgkinson 43 ¾ 5/01/2006 Rangitata River
5th Rhys Garside 42 ¾ 29/01/2009 South Westland
6th= Tony Hopkins 41 ½ 30/11/2008 Rangitata River
6th= Simon Bullivant 41 ½ 29/01/2012 South Westland
8th Paul Ockwell 41 9/02/2015 South Westland
9th Darrel Hodgkinson 40 ½ 16/05/2007 Rangitata Valley
10th= Scott Sisam 40 ¼ 1/02/2012 West Coast
10th= Simon Ward 40 ¼ 18/01/2014 Karangarua
10th= Simon Bullivant 40 ¼ 27/02/2014 South Westland
10th= Allan Turner 40 ¼ 6/02/2016 South Westland
About Tahr

The Himalayan tahr has a small head, small pointed ears, large eyes, and horns that vary between males and females. Their horns reach a maximum length of 46 centimetres (18 in).

Himalayan tahrs are sexually dimorphic, with females being smaller in weight and in size and having smaller horns. The horn is curved backwards, preventing injury during mating season when headbutting is a common mating ritual among males.

The average male tahr usually weighs around 73 kg with females averaging 36 kg and is shorter in height than in length[6] The exterior of a tahr is well adapted to the harsh climate of the Himalayans.

They sport thick, reddish wool coats and thick undercoats, indicative of the conditions of their habitat. Their coats thin with the end of winter and becomes lighter in color.

The lifespan of a Himalayan tahr typically ranges around 14 or 15 years, with females living longer than males. The oldest known Himalayan tahr lived to 22 years old in captivity