Current affair dairy 16/12/2020

Subject : Environment, species in news

Himalayan serow

*A Himalayan serow has been sighted for the first time in the Himalayan cold desert region of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

*Scientific name: The Himalayan serow, or Capricornis sumatraensis thar

*It is a subspecies of the mainland serow (Capricornis sumatraensis).

*It resembles a cross between a goat, a donkey, a cow, and a pig.

*It’s a medium-sized mammal with a large head, thick neck, short limbs, long, mule-like ears, and a coat of dark hair.

*There are several species of serows, and all of them are found in Asia.

*Himalayan serows are typically found at altitudes between 2,000 metres and 4,000 metres.

*They are known to be found in eastern, central, and western Himalayas, but not in the Trans Himalayan region.

*It is herbivores.

* IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable

*It is listed under Schedule I of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which provides absolute protection.

? focus area for prelims 2021:
√ IUCN status
√ regions found
√ nature of the species( herbivores)



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