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Himalayan Serow

Relevance: Environment

Context: Himalayan Serow spotted in Assam for the First Time.

About Himalayan Serow:

  • It’s a medium-sized mammal with a large head, thick neck, short limbs, long, mule-like ears, and a coat of dark hair.
  • It is considered a flagship species due to its specialized habitat requirements of dense and undisturbed forests.
  • Taxonomically, Himalayan Serow is a subspecies of the mainland serow.
  • There are several species of serows, and all of them are found in
  • The Himalayan serow, or Capricornis sumatraensis that, is restricted to the Himalayan region.
  • Himalayan serows are
  • Habitat: They inhabit steep hills with rocky slopes, especially limestone regions up to 3,000 m above sea level, and also in hill and mountain forest areas with gentler terrain.
  • Distribution: They are known to be found in eastern, central, and western Himalayas, but not in the Trans Himalayan region.
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable
  • It is listed under Schedule I of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which provides absolute protection.


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