Japanese Serow

Capricornis crispus

The Japanese serow lives in dense woodland on the island of Honshu, in Japan.

These goat-antelopes eat leaves and acorns. They are solitary, although at times they gather in couples or small family groups. Serows mark their territories with a substance similar to vinegar that is secreted from a gland which is just in front of the eye (as can be seen in our picture).

The picture of this Japanese Serow was taken at the zoo of San Diego, California, in March 2004.

Genus Capricornis
Subfamily Caprinae
Family Bovidae
Order Artiodactyla
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
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