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Chinese Animals: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many different kinds of animals that live in China. Come discover some you may have never seen, find out how they live, and learn some other interesting facts about these animals.

Animals of China

Imagine taking a helicopter ride over the huge country of China. You would see things like mountains, deserts, rivers and even forests on your adventure. You would also see animals living in these habitats that you're probably familiar with, like tigers, Asian elephants, and even giant pandas. But China is home to many animals that you may have never even heard of!

The Takin

Takins (pronounced TAH-keens or TAH-kins) are animals that look like a cross between a bison and a moose with a tiny tail, though they are really related to sheep. The biggest ones can be a little over seven feet long and weigh about 770 pounds. That's almost as heavy as two African lions put together!

Takin
Takin

They have black, curved horns on their head that make excellent self-defense weapons, so there aren't many animals that try to chow down on takin snacks.

When the weather is warm, takins move high up into mountains where trees stop growing, and they move back down into valleys when the weather cools off. They are expert mountain climbers and have a warm, thick, oily coat to keep them dry and warm during the winter. And that really big nose warms the cold air they breathe in, like when you wait for the water to warm up in the shower before you get in.

Takins are herbivores, eating plants like tree leaves, pine bark and bamboo leaves. And if there are leaves on smaller trees that are too high for them to reach, sometimes they knock them down so they can enjoy a snack!

The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

Golden snub-nosed monkeys have noses that look like they've been smooshed in, like when you push your nose up! Their fur is a combination of brown, black and orange, and their face is a lighter, bluish-gray color. Average males weigh around 43 pounds, which is about the same as a medium-sized bulldog.

Golden snub-nosed monkey
Golden snub nosed monkey

Golden snub-nosed monkeys live in the middle of China in mountainous forests and are most active during the day. They munch on plants like the greenish-gray fungus that lives on trees, leaves, tree bark, fruits, seeds and flowers.

They live in big troops but are also members of smaller groups within the troop, like your group of friends in your bigger classroom.

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