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The Markhor (Capra falconeri), orginally from the western Himalayas, is an endangered and very rare Goat antelope. Known as the National Animal of Pakistan, there are only 2000-4000 which exist in the wild.

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The Markhor is the largest of the goat antelope species with very large upright spiraling horns. Markhor horn length reach from 36 inches up to 48.5 straight measure for the "straight horned race Markhor", while world record Markhor horns reach 51.5 inches straight and 65 inches along the outside curve for the "flare-horned Markhor". The double-keeled spiral curved horns make this exotic animal an extremely unique and prestigious trophy to add to any collection.

The Markhor weigh between 150 - 250 lbs at maturity. The Male Markhor has a long dark and silver beard and are typically brown in color. The older Markhor males whiten over time.

Both male and female Markhor have horns. Female Markhor horns are small spiral from 6 to 14 inches. The gestation period for teh Markhor is 5 to 5.5 months and typically give birth to 1-3 young.

The Markhor can, and will, jump an 8 foot high fence, so most are contained in working pens for longer durations of captivity.