Fine art illustration of a Golden Takin. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Golden Takin was completed on 9.4.2014. I'm putting together a collage of some of the more endangered wildlife of Asia, specifically China. I was struck by the anatomy of these wonderful ungulates, and knew that they would have to be part of the collage. I found a great reference photo by A.J. Haverkamp (check out his Flickr Photostream) who allowed me to create this drawing based on it. I tend to want to show the goats with young so I dropped in the baby Takin.
The Golden Takin is an endangered goat-antelope native to the Peoples Republic of China & Bhutan. Takins are adapted to staying warm and dry during winters in the Himalayan Mountain regions they inhabit. A thick, secondary coat is grown to keep out the cold. Their large, moose-like snout has large sinus cavities that warm up the air a takin inhales which prevents the loss of body heat by breathing. Although they have no skin glands, their skin secretes an oily substance that provides a water barrier that protects takins from the elements. They are around the same size as a cow and are very aggressive. Its skin is also said to be the source of the legend of the Golden Fleece.