Rare Himalayan serow sighted in Spiti’s Hurling

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Shimla, Dec 12
The team of Wildlife Division Spiti sighted the threatened Himalayan serow (Capricornis sumatraensis thar) and captured in camera with video clips. Its is a matter of great pride for the Wildlife Division of the Forest Department. The locals were also surprised to see this near extinct species.


The Himalayan Serow is included in Schedule One of the Wildlife Extinction and it has been included by the International Union for Conservation for Nature (IUCEN) in the near threatened category. For this achievement, the State Chief of Wildlife Archana Sharma congratulated all the staff of Wildlife Division Spiti and directed them to take steps to keep tracking it with taking up measures for the conservation of this rare species. She also directed the staff to launch reccee and monitoring of Hurling area to know the exact number of the rare Himalayan serow sop. It is also reported that this species is included and appendix one in the first schedule of WPA 1972.
After getting information about this sighting of rare Himalayan serow, Chief Conservator Wildlife Anil Thakur said that in the last few years this rare species was seen through the camera traps in Great Himalayan National Park and some upper areas of Chamba in the inaccessible area, and supposed to be migrated from adjoining Rupi-Bhawa wildlife sanctuary. This is the first photographic record of this species in the cold desert of Spiti. Anil Thakur told that this rare species is being monitored by Hardev Negi Forest Officer, Divisional Forest Officer, Spiti and his team.

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