Current Tahr records as at 30/06/17 are as follows:
|1st=||Buck Kimber||44 ¾||1/05/2008||Karangarua River|
|1st=||Tony Hopkins||44 ¾||29/01/2009||South Westland|
|1st=||Mike Cassaidy||44 ¾||29/01/2009||South Westland|
|4th||Cody Weller||44 ½||26/12/2005||Whataroa|
|5th||Darrel Hodgkinson||43 ¾||5/01/2006||Rangitata River|
|6th||Rhys Garside||42 ¾||29/01/2009||South Westland|
|7th=||Tony Hopkins||41 ½||30/11/2008||Rangitata River|
|7th=||Simon Bullivant||41 ½||29/01/2012||South Westland|
|9th||Paul Ockwell||41||9/02/2015||South Westland|
|10th||Ricky Russ||40 ¾||06/06/16||Whataroa|
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 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