IUCN Species of the Day: Red Serow


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The Red Serow, Capricornis rubidus, is listed as ‘NEAR THREATENED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The precise distribution of this small, stocky bovid is not known, but it is thought to occur in northern and possibly also western Myanmar, as well as in Assam, India. As its name suggests, this species can be distinguished from other serows mainly by its red coat.

Although little is known about this species, it is believed to be declining as a result of habitat loss and overhunting. Serows are one of the most heavily traded animal species in Myanmar, being hunted for meat and for body parts, which are used in traditional medicine.

International trade in the Red Serow is prohibited under its listing on Appendix I of CITES, and the species may also occur in several protected areas, although this is unconfirmed. However, its legal protection does not appear to be well enforced. Urgent conservation measures include protection from illegal hunting, as well as research into the species’ range and populations, and clarification of its taxonomic status.


Geographic Range of the Red Serow

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