Himalayan Serow spotted for the first time in Spiti cold desert

Himalayan Serow spotted for the first time in Spiti cold desert

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News: Himalayan serow has been sighted for the first time in the Himalayan cold desert region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Facts:

  • Himalayan serow: It 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
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