Species in news: Himalayan Serow
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity; Environment
- Himalayan serow was spotted in the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam recently
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.
Do you know?
- Previously assessed as ‘near threatened’, the Himalayan serow is now been categorised as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List.