For the first time, Himalayan mammal is the newest creatures that has been spotted in the northeastern state Assam.

Himalayan Serow

  • It looks like somewhere between a goat and an antelope.
  • It was spotted in the Manas Tiger Reserve (established in 1990) which is having the area of 950-sq. kilometer on 3rd December 2020.
  • This animal is a high-altitude dweller which is usually found around 2000 to 4000 m above the sea level. The serow is a subspecies of mainland serow.
  • The species is native to the Himalayas. It was previously considered its own species as Capricornis thar.
  • It is mostly blackish along with the flanks, hindquarters.
  • The upper legs of the species are rusty red in colour while the lower legs are whitish.
  • The specie has been listed in CITES Appendix I.

Mainland Serow

The scientific name of the mainland serow is Capricornis sumatraensis. The serow is a native to the People’s Republic of China, Himalayas and Southeast Asia. The serow is having the guard hairs on its coat which are bristly or coarse. The hairs cover the layer of fur which is closest to the skin of serow. The animal also has a mane which runs from horns to middle of dorsal aspect serow in between the scapulae that covers the skin. The males are characterised by the horns and are light-coloured. Mainland Serow is six inches in length and curve slightly towards to the back of the animal. It grow up to 6 feet long. The adult serow weighs around 150 kilogram.

About Manas National Park

The national park which is UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Natural World Heritage site. The Manas National Park is also a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and the biosphere reserve. The national park is located in Assam in the foothills of Himalaya. The reserve is in contiguous with Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. It is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife including hispid hare, Assam roofed turtle, pygmy hog and golden langur.

Himalayan Serow Spotted in Assam Himalayan Serow Spotted in Assam