The markhor is a large goat. It is found in the Western Himalayas of , Pakistan Afghanistan and Kashmir..
Markhor are 65 to 115 centimetres tall at the shoulder. They usually weigh from 40 to 110 kilograms. Females are a tan colour with a white underbelly and a pattern of black and white on the legs. Males are a lighter tan colour with the same white underbelly and pattern on the legs. Males also have a black face and lots of long white fur on their neck and chest which can grow down to their knees. Both males and females have corkscrew-shaped horns which can grow up to 160 cm / 64 inches long in males, and up to 25 cm / 10 inches in females.
Markhor live in places 500 to 3500 meters (1,500 to 11,000 feet) high, where they eat
There are estimated to be less than 2,500 Markhor remaining in the wild, with each sub-population comprising less than 250 individuals. The main cause of the precipitous decline has been excessive hunting, both for meat and for its impressive horns. Owing to the occurrence of armed conflict and the ready availability of weapons through much of its range, many populations have been hunted to extinction. In addition to being highly valued as a trophy species by sportsmen, the horns are also used for traditional medicine in the East Asian market. Aside from hunting, the Markhor is also severely threatened by habitat loss and competition for food with domestic livestock.
Markhor can grow to up to 180 cm long from head to tail. The males are much taller and heavier than the females.