Thursday, November 24, 2016

Southern Serow


Serows have relatively short bodies and long legs. The upper parts of their bodies are usually black or dark grey, sometimes with reddish tinges. Their under parts are paler, with long shaggy mane of hair runs along their backs.

The serows territory spans from India to Southern China. This includes most of the mainland in Southeast Asia and Sumatra. They mainly inhabits steep forested cliffs, including limestone mountains. They can also be found in lowlands and on off-shore limestone islands.

Serows are herbivore, and they will come out to feed in more open areas during early morning and late evening.

Mainly solitary, serows come together only to mate. One or usually two young are born after a gestation period of 7 to 8 months. The young may stay with the mother for up to a year.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Jan 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Southern Serow, Capricornis sumatraensis, is also known as Sumatran Serow. This species is listed as vulnerable by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to over-hunting and habitat loss. It is hence protected under the Protection of Wildlife Act.

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