Southern Serow - Naemorbedus Sumatraensis
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Related to other herbivores, Serows in the genus
Capricornis have relatively short bodies and long legs. The upperparts
of their bodies are usually black or dark grey sometimes with reddish
tinges. Their under parts are paler. A long shaggy mane of hair runs
along their backs.
Both sexes of the serow are similar in size with short
slightly curved horns. There is a distinctive large open gland in
front of each of their eyes. The serow mainly inhibits steep forested
cliffs including limestone mountains. They can also be found in
lowlands and on off-shore limestone islands as well. Serows will come
out to feed in more open areas in the early morning and late evening.
The serow will eat almost all vegetation.
Mainly solitary, serows come together only to mate.
One or usually two young are born after a gestation period of 7-8
months. The young may stay with the mother for up to a year. The
serows' territory spans from India to southern China. This includes
most of the mainland in South-East Asia and Sumatra. It is believe
that serows have great healing properties. This is the reason they are
hunted till today. Their numbers in the wild have decreased and today,
serows are totally protected under the Protection of Wildlife Act.
|Date of Issue
||25 January 2003
||30 sen, 50 sen (2 designs)
||30mm X 40mm