A ‘breeding loan’ arrangement between Assam State Zoo and Nagaland Zoo has helped conserve the Himalayan serow, an endangered wildlife species. The Assam Zoo recently witnessed the birth of a Himalayan serow calf.
The Assam Zoo, the coordinating zoo for conservation breeding of the serow, had only two female serows, while the Nagaland Zoo had only one male. Both the zoos discussed the matter and Nagaland Zoo sent the male to Assam for breeding with the approval of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), as there was no point for the endangered species to remain unpaired, officials stated.
The Himalayan serow is a goat-antelope, native to the Eastern Himalayas and Eastern and Southeastern Bangladesh, and is listed in the IUCN Red List as its population is dwindling due to habitat loss and hunting for its meat.
The male and female serows were carefully paired at the Assam State Zoo and within 10 months of the arrival of the male, the first serow calf was born on Wednesday. This is the first time that animals have been exchanged on breeding loan.
‘This is a very special occasion for both zoos and for the conservation of serow’ stated Assam Environment and forest Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya. He wished for the well-being of the newborn serow and congratulated both zoos for taking this unique initiative.