Japanese Serow

The Japanese Serow (Capricornis crispus or Nemorhaedus crispus), is a goat-like antelope found in Honshû, Japan. Japanese serow are found in dense hillside forests where they eat leaves, and acorns. They are diurnal, feeding in the mornings and evenings and resting under rock ledges for the remainder of the day.

Japanese serow stand 24 to 36 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 66 to 286 pounds. Japanese serow are mottled brown and white and black underneath. Their fur is very bushy, their tails especially. Both sexes have short 4 inch horns, which curve backwards. They have lived up to 10 years in captivity. Lifespan in the wild is unknown.

The serow are solitary, or gather in couples, sometimes with kids as well. Generally they live in small ranges. Ranges are marked with a substance similar to vinegar that is secreted from the Serow’s pre-orbital gland, which is just in front of the eye.