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Central Chinese Goral

Naemorhedus griseus

Did you know?

  • Central Chinese gorals are part of the Caprinae family, which they share with bison and antelope.
  • They live in mountainous areas in central China.
  • They have long, woolly undercoats that help them live in cold climates.
  • They have four-chambered stomachs, like cattle.
  • Discounting humans, they have no natural predators.

Climbing Experts

Central Chinese gorals are fast, agile antelope-like goats that make their homes in the rocky, mountainous forests of Asia. These stocky ungulates are natural-born rock climbers that live in elevations of 3,000 to 8,000 feet throughout the Himalayan mountains. Partly due to their climbing expertise and high habitats, they have no natural predators other than humans.

Social Structure

Central Chinese gorals live in family herds, with around 12 individuals. Newborn gorals are capable animals. They follow their mothers immediately after birth and quickly learn to travel through steep terrain.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Central Chinese Goral faces a high risk of extinction in the wild.


Central China


Mountain forests

We care about central chinese gorals

Central Chinese goral populations are struggling in the wild, mainly due to overhunting.

The Saint Louis Zoo supports Chinese gorals at the Zoo in Red Rocks, and in 2019 a female goral was born – the first at the Zoo in almost 20 years! Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

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Red Rocks

At Red Rocks, you’ll view some of the world’s most powerful predators living near some of the world’s most graceful prey. Lions, tigers, zebra and giraffes all share the natural rocky boulders and outcroppings as their territory. With shading trees and a bird or two among the mammals, Red Rocks is a great place to spend a day at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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