Tibetan Antelope

Fast-paced and agile, the Tibetan Antelope is quick on its feet! It prefers the road less traveled and can thrive in the harshest of conditions where temperatures can plummet to -40°C! As an adaptation, they are kept insulated in the harsh conditions of the Tibetan plateau by a warm wool coat. Although tough-looking on the outside, the Tibetan Antelope is a gentle creature at heart and enjoys the company of family.

Where they are found


Why they are important

Tibetan Antelopes consume plant matter which helps promote natural regrowth and biodiversity of plants. They also serve as prey for several larger predators, meaning they help to balance the ecosystem and its food chain.

Why they are threatened by illegal trade

The fur of Tibetan antelopes is distinctive and consists of long guard hairs with a silky undercoat of shorter fibers. They are poached for their wool used to make traditional shawls, called the Shahtoosh,  which typically require about four hides each. These shawls have become popular as a high-priced fashion accessory. Expansion of livestock herding into the Tibetan Antelope's habitat creates competition for resources. This is compounded by road building and construction, both of which destroy their habitat and confine them to smaller spaces.

How you can help

Be aware of what materials your shawls are made from, and do not buy products made from wool from Tibetan Antelopes. Encourage those around you to do the same. Consider synthetic alternatives that are equally as warm and do not require animal products to make.

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Shawls made from the wool of Tibetan Antelopes can fetch as much as $20,000.