|The Himalayan Tahr. http://www.nzhuntinginfo.com/images/tahr_3162.jpg|
|The Lions' Den of the Groote Schuur Estate. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/Lion's_Den,_Disused_Old_Zoo,_Groote_Schuur_Estate,_Cape_Town.jpg|
The tahr has also been introduced to New Zealand and have adapted quite successfully. In both introduced regions, South Africa and New Zealand, the tahrs still breed in the winter like they do in their native Himalayas, even though the seasons are reversed. The have also acclimatized to different altitudes and flora.
On Table Mountain, the tahr is doing too well. It competes with and often out-grazes an indigenous klipspringer, a small antelope. It also causes erosion and damage to local vegetation. South African National Parks has culled many of the mountain's tahrs in an effort to eliminate the exotic species altogether, causing major public controversy. The species has been declared decimated on several different occasions, but small herds continue to be found by rangers and hikers. Many Cape Town locals and hikers are pro-tahr because they offer one of few wildlife sightings on the mountain. So next time you're up there, keep your eyes peeled for a creature that looks better suited to Everest!
Read more here:
- IOL News, February 2011. http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/mountain-rangers-braai-tahr-1.1029020#.Uas625XtwVs
- Hike Table Mountain, August 2012. http://www.hiketablemountain.co.za/tag/himalayan-tahr/
- Intl Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2002. http://books.google.co.za/books?id=EBl7y_MX0xoC&pg=PA2613&lpg=PA2613&dq=groote+schuur+zoo+tahr&source=bl&ots=ZytzSuvD6v&sig=x78AnWCdfpXPDhuXIJV9GCM-qhc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8TerUfGjKajY7AaUioBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=groote%20schuur%20zoo%20tahr&f=false