The Himalayan tahr is a relative of the wild goat and is specially adapted to life on the rugged mountain slopes of the Himalayas, extending from the montane to alpine zones. Tahrs are predominantly grazers, feeding on grasses and herbs, but they do browse the leaves of shrubs particularly when pastures are snow-covered.
In its native range, the Himalayan tahr is threatened by habitat loss as people exploit resources (e.g. medicinal plants) in more marginal areas and military conflicts in northern India, which has also contributed to the tahr’s decline.
There are plans to extend the Great Himalayan National Park’s range and establish the Srikhand National Park as a reserve for tahr.