A female Red Serow (Capricornisrubidus) was donated to Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) Rangapahar on January 31 by Phutoifrom of Hozukhe village under Niuland.
According to officer-in-charge Obed Bohovi Swu the donated Red Serow was
initially kept under close observation and cared for in the Zoological Park before being released with a male serow which is in the Zoological Park.
Phutoi was described as an ardent lover of Wildlife and believes in saving the wildlife for the future generation.
One endangered Burmese Tortoise and a pair of Macaques was also donated to the zoo by him in 2013. The rescued female Serow has been introduced to the male and they are doing well, informed the officer-in-charge.
It may be noted that the Red Serow is an endangered goat antelope. They are found in hilly tropical forests in northeastern India, Bangladesh and northern Myanmar. Usually solitary or lives in small groups of 2- 5 individuals, their numbers are fast depleting mainly due to habitat loss and hunting. In Nagaland too the species was fast disappearing due to the aforementioned reasons.
Meanwhile, NZP director TongpangzembaAo has conveyed sincere appreciation to the donors for such noble deeds in saving the animal and sending it to the Zoological Park.
The director has also thanked Shrimp. Khuhevi , range officer, Rangapahar territorial range for providing all assistance to the Nagaland Zoological Park authorities to rescue the animals.