GUWAHATI: A Himalayan serow calf has been successfully bred at Assam Zoo on Wednesday.
The “breeding loan” arrangement between Assam zoo and Nagaland Zoo was carried out after the male species from the Nagaland zoo was sent to Assam zoo which already had two female serows.
After the pairing of the male and the female, the new calf arrived within ten months.
According to WWF, “The Himalayan Serow (Capricornis thar) is a goat-antelope native to the Himalayas and Bangladesh, listed as ‘near threatened’ by the IUCN red list, due to hunting for food and habitat loss. Accounts from throughout the species’ range report that it inhabits rugged steep hills and rocky places, but its population is on a steep decline. In appearance, the serow has a goat-like body with short limbs, and its coat is coarse and varies in colour from red to black with some white on the chest.”
Early this year, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden and wildlife NGO Aaranyak successfully carried out hatching of two Greater Adjutant chicks, a member of the stork family, commonly known as Hargila in Assam. The breeding was carried out in an artificial platform within an enclosed area of a zoo.