The Japanese Serow: Japan's Emblematic Forest-Dwelling Goat-Antelope

  • Published on : 12/02/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

The Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus) is an even-toed ungulate mammal endemic to Japan. This stocky goat-antelope lives in dense woodland primarily on the main island of Honshu, as well as parts of Shikoku and Kyushu. Labeled a "living national treasure of the forest", the Japanese serow was designated a Special Natural Monument in 1955 to protect it from poaching. With its distinctive appearance and solitary nature, the serow embodies the wild essence of Japan's mountainous forests.



 

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