Author(s): Ken Tustin
A century ago, a little-known, exotic animal, the Himalayan tahr, was introduced into new Zealand for big-game sporting purposes. From a few releases at Aoraki Mt cook, tahr are now permanent inhabitants of the sub-alpne zones in the central Southern Alps. Their ecology, lifestyle and unique behaviour, both here and in their homelands, remained largely un documented. until now. This is an inimate story of Ken Tustin's growing respect for a remarkable animal, seen over a lifetime, through the eyes of a hunter, researher, pilot and behaviour-study film maker. one man's quietly increasing affectiion for an extraordinary wild animal: The Himalayan tahr.