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Taiwan Serow

The Taiwan Serow (Capricornis swinhoei), is a small bovid that lives on Taiwan Island. They are found in mountainous areas at elevations from 650 feet to as high as 3280 feet or even higher. It is the only native bovid of Taiwan. They are usually active at dawn and twilight. They feed on a variety of wild plants. They are solitary and very territorial. They are very agile on rock surface.

Its body length is 2.5 to 3.75 feet and weighs 55 to 77 pounds. Its short tail is only 2.5 inches long. Its color is dark tan with yellow spots on the jaw, throat and nape. Both sexes bear horns that curve slightly backward. They mate in October to November and the female is pregnant for about 7 months, usually producing one baby.

The main threats to the Taiwan serow are habitat destruction and harvesting.

Taiwan Serow