Matchbox 05: Red Serow

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Little is known about the natural history of the red serow. With goat-like bodies and long donkey-like ears, it is described as a goat-antelope. Of all serows, the red serow is believed to be closest to its ancestor, a serow-like animal that lived between two and seven million years ago.

The name ‘serow’ comes from the Lepcha word ‘saro’ (pronounced suh-ROH) referencing a long-haired Tibetan goat. Considered to be an aboriginal language that pre-dates Tibetan languages, Lepcha is still spoken in Sikkim, West Bengal, Nepal and Bhutan.

Agile on rocky terrain, the red serow can be found in the hilly tropical forests and thickly forested gorges and valleys of Myanmar, eastern India, and China.

Scientific Name: Capricornis rubidus
Local Name (Dialect): লাল সেরো / Lal serow (Bengali)
Location: China; India; Myanmar