Himalayan Serow – UPSC Prelims

  • Himalayan serow is a subspecies of the mainland serow (Capricornis sumatraensis).
  • It resembles a cross between a goat, a donkey, a cow, and a pig.
  • Habitat: 
    • There are several species of serows and all of them are found in Asia.
    • They are found at altitudes between 2,000 metres and 4,000 metres(6,500 to 13,000 feet).
    • They are known to be found in eastern, central, and western Himalayas but not in the Trans Himalayan region.
  • Diet: Himalayan serows are herbivores animals.
  • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
  • Wildlife Protection Act,1972: Schedule I
  • Why in news? Himalayan serow has been sighted for the first time in the Himalayan cold desert region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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