Takin are found in small family groups of around 20 individuals, although older males may lead a more solitary existence. In the summer months, herds of up to 300 individuals gather high up on the mountain slopes (4). Mating takes place between July and August and a single young is born after a gestation period of around eight months (4). Takin migrate from the upper pasture to lower, more forested areas in winter (4). When disturbed, individuals will give a 'cough' alarm call and the herd will retreat into thick bamboo thickets and lie on the ground for camouflage (2).
Takin feed in the early morning and late afternoon (2), grazing on a variety of leaves and grasses (4). Salt is also an important part of their diet and groups may stay at a mineral deposit for several days (4).