cabot’s tragopan: here’s the scoop


This species is affected by habitat loss and modification. On-going conversion of natural mixed forests to conifer plantations combined with its declining, small population has resulted in severe fragmentation of the population.  Illegal hunting for food still occurs in some places, especially outside protected areas. Since 1983, 48% of known nests have been destroyed by natural predators, most notably from jays and martens.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Cabot’s Tragopan. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.

Insider Info

There are 32 Cabot’s tragopans at 15 AZA institutions. Several of these facilities, including Buttonwood Park Zoo, have been successful in propagating this species over the past few years and it is our goal that with continued and expanded success, this beautiful pheasant will become an established program in zoos to safeguard this vulnerable species from extinction in the wild. 

In 2019, our hen successfully raised one male chick. On April 18, 2020, two more chicks hatched.  Species, such as these, at accredited zoological institutions often serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts allowing zoos the opportunity to educate guests about these animals while also encouraging them to support the conservation of wildlife locally and globally.


Cabot’s Tragopan

Scientific name

Tragopan caboti


Subtropical, evergreen broadleaved forest and mixed deciduous-coniferous forest


Herbivorous. Feeding on seeds, fruits, and plants

life expectancy

15-18 years

Did you know?

Cabot’s Tragopan are one of five species of Tragopan, or horned pheasant, a name that refers to the set of fleshy horns that emerge during the courtship displays of the males.


Southeast China

Conservation status


Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve