Species in news: Himalayan Serow

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  • March 5, 2021
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Species in news: Himalayan Serow

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity; Environment

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Important value additions 

  • The Himalayan serow is a subspecies of the mainland serow native to the Himalayas. 
  • Common name: Himalayan Serow
  • Scientific name: Capricornis sumatraensi thar.
  • Local name: Jingal, Yemu
  • It has an appearance of a goat with long, donkey like ears.
  • It has a habit of standing with forelegs making it an ungainly goat antelope. 
  • Its coarse coat varies from black to red.
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable
  • It is listed in CITES Appendix I
  • It is listed under Schedule I of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which provides absolute protection.

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  • Previously assessed as ‘near threatened’, the Himalayan serow is now been categorised as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List. 

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