Goa (antelope)


Goa (antelope)

Taxobox
name = Goa (Tibetan Gazelle)


status = NT | status_system = IUCN3.1
trend = down
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Artiodactyla
familia = Bovidae
subfamilia = Antilopinae
genus = "Procapra"
species = "P. picticaudata"
binomial = "Procapra picticaudata"
binomial_authority = Hodgson, 1846

The Goa ("Procapra picticaudata"), also known as the Tibetan Gazelle, is a species of antelope that inhabits the Tibetan plateau. A typical goa stands about two feet (60cm) tall at the shoulder and weighs about 15kg. Males have long, tapering, ridged horns, reaching lengths of up to 14 inches (35cm). Females have no horns; neither have distinct facial markings. They are gray in colour, with a white underbelly. Mating season is in December, with young born the following May.

In Ladakh they live at high altitudes (4,750-5,050 m. or 15,580-16,570 ft) but prefer relatively flat areas with an affinity for warmer south-facing slopes. They co-exist with domestic yaks and kiang, but are competitive with domestic goats and sheep and avoid herders and their dogs.cite journal|first=Yash Veer|last=Bhatnagar|coauthors=C.M. Seth, J. Takpa, Saleem Ul-Haq, Tsewang Namgail, Sumanta Bagchi and Charudutt Mishra|title=A Strategy for Conservation of the Tibetan Gazelle "Procapra picticaudata" in Ladakh.|journale=Conservation and Society|volume=5|issue=2|year=2007|pages=262–276|url=http://www.conservationandsociety.org/cs-5-2-5-262-bhatnagar.pdf]

Goa populations in both Ladakh and Tibet seem to be declining precipitously and are threatened with extinction, at least in some regions. [Rizvi, Janet. "Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia", p. 49. 1983. Oxford University Press. Reprint: Oxford University Press, New Delhi (1996). ISBN 019-564546-4.] ["The Tibetan Gazelle of Hanle : Status and Conservation (Abstract)." Dr. Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Senior Lecturer & Richen Wangchuk, Snow Leopard Conservancy. [http://www.wii.gov.in/ars/2001/yashveer.htm] ] [cite journal|title=Distributional correlates of the Tibetan gazelle "Procapra picticaudata" in Ladakh, northern India: towards a recovery programme|first=Tsewang|last=Namgail|coauthors=Sumanta Bagchi, Charudutt Mishra and Yash Veer Bhatnagar|journal=Oryx|volume=42|issue=1|year=2008|pages=107–112|url=http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FORX%2FORX42_01%2FS0030605308000768a.pdf&code=db17ccaf8b6ef1583592b187924f0996|doi=10.1017/S0030605308000768] The goa exist in a few zoos in China.

Footnotes

References

* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of "near threatened" status.


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