|Himalayan tahrs have relatively short legs and small heads with large eyes and small pointed ears. Males are larger than females; they weigh between 79 and 198 pounds. They are 26-40 inches at the shoulder, and 4-5 ft long. In the winter the tahr has dense, reddish to dark brown woolly fur with a thick undercoat, which keeps it warm.
They live in herds of 2 to 23 individuals. Himalayan tahrs are herbivores that eat snow tussock, alpine herbs and sub alpine scrubland plants. The tahr is a ruminant and has a multi-chambered stomach.