'Mainland Serow', an elusive mammal spotted in Assam's Raimona National Park
08.07.2024 India Assam   9
'Mainland Serow', an elusive mammal spotted in Assam's Raimona National Park

An important step in the conservation of biodiversity was the emergence of the first photographic evidence of the existence of the “mainland serow”, recorded in the Raimona National Park in Assam. It is a vulnerable mammal species recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The photo was taken jointly by forest officials and conservationists. To get the images, they used digital camera traps near the Ganda Bajrum anti-poaching camp in the western part of the park.

It is being called a huge discovery, documented twice by forest department officials and members of the biodiversity group Aaranyak " Bhanu Sinha, Divisional Forest Officer, Kachugaon Forest Department, was pleased with the find. He said the park's role in conserving mainland Serow and its wider diversity of wildlife was commendable.

The animal is scientifically known as Capricornis sumatraensis thar. It can also be found in nearby regions such as Phibsu Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhutan's Royal Manas National Park, suggesting potential cross-border conservation benefits.

This discovery highlights the rich biodiversity of Raymona National Park. M. Firoz Ahmed, senior scientist at Aaranyak, also highlighted the vast habitat of mainland Serow, from the Himalayas to Sumatra. He also emphasized the urgent need to conserve species due to fragmentation of populations and threats such as poaching and habitat loss.

More information about Raymond National Park

National Raimona Park, located in Kokrajhar district of Assam, was granted the status of National Park on June 5, 2021. The announcement was made by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during World Environment Day celebrations at Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati. The park is a center of biodiversity, known for its rich flora and fauna. It covers an area of ​​diverse landscapes, including rainforests, grasslands and wetlands.

The park is home to a variety of endangered and vulnerable species, including the recently documented mainland serow. It is also famous for the golden langur, an endemic species also called the mascot of the Bodoland region shared with Bhutan.

Raimona, managed by the Assam Forest Department, plays an important role in wildlife conservation efforts, aiming to protect its unique biodiversity and natural habitats. Visitors to the park can enjoy its scenic beauty, engage in ecotourism, and contribute to ongoing conservation initiatives.

Source: timesofindia

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