The markhor is a large Capra species, a genus of mammals, hollow-horned ruminants. The name is thought to be derived from Persian — a conjunction of mâr and the suffix khor , interpreted to represent the animal's alleged ability to kill snakes, or as a reference to its corkscrew-like horns, which are somewhat reminiscent of coiling snakes. Markhors have amazing horns: long and heavy, they are twisted like a corkscrew. The left horn is twisted to the right, and the right one — to the left. Males have longer hair on the chin, throat, chest and shanks. Markhors inhabit Western Himalayas, Kashmere, Tibet and Afghanistan, also the mountain ranges along Pyang river, Kugitang Tau range, Babatag and Darvaz mountains in Tajikistan. The animals prefer mountainous areas at the elevations of 1600-11500 feet (500-3500 meters).There are several subspecies with different types of horns.