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Procapra picticaudata (Artiodactyla: Bovidae)

David M. Leslie Jr.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/861.1 138-148 First published online: 26 July 2010


Procapra picticaudata Hodgson, 1846, is commonly called the Tibetan gazelle, goa (= Tibetan), or zang yuan ling (= Chinese) and is monotypic. It is a high-elevation specialist endemic to the Tibetan Plateau where it prefers alpine meadow and alpine steppe but uses other lower-elevation plains and valleys. It is partial to good grasslands with high diversity of forbs. There have been no systematic estimates of total numbers of P. picticaudata. Populations are currently widespread but have been reduced from historic levels and are vulnerable because of poaching in remote areas and competition with livestock of pastoralists. P. picticaudata is uncommon in zoos and private collections. It is a threatened Class II species in China and considered “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Key words
  • China
  • conservation
  • Gansu
  • India
  • Qinghai
  • Sichuan
  • threatened species
  • Tibet
  • Tibetan Plateau ungulate
  • Xinjiang