The Royal Takin Preserve in Thimpu, Bhutan, is the only facility with animals on exhibit in Bhutan. This 19-acre park houses various antelope and deer species native to the country, especially the national animal: the Bhutan takin.In January 2017, 22 takin died suddenly; the suspected cause was consumption of a toxic ivy plant. This event became a national concern, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests made substantial changes to the park management. As a wildlife veterinarian for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program, Dr. Marc Valitutto was asked to visit, evaluate the Preserve and help build their veterinary capacity so that they could best provide for and monitor the health of the takin in their care. The following is a photo essay from his field work.