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Takin Preserve || National Animal of Bhutan

The Takin Preserve, situated in the upper Motithang area, serves as a wildlife reserve for the Takin, Bhutan's national animal. Originally established as a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve upon discovering that the animals chose not to inhabit the surrounding forest even when released.
The designation of the Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) as Bhutan's national animal is attributed to local mythology. According to legend, the 15th-century saint Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as "The Divine Madman," is said to have created the animal.