The Biology and Management of Capricornis and Related Mountain Antelopes

  • Editors
  • Hiroaki Soma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Evolution and Breeding History of the Rupicaprini

  3. Ecological Distribution and Behaviour of Capricornis

  4. Keeping and Breeding of Capricornis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Chira Meckvichai, Alongkorn Mahannop
      Pages 147-153
  5. Ecology and Breeding of the Rupicaprini

  6. Anatomy of Capricornis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Makoto Sugimura, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Yasuro Atoji, Toshiko Hanawa, Koji Hanai
      Pages 227-242
    3. Yasushi Yokohata, Shuhei Kodera, Harumi Yokoyama, Makoto Sugimura, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Takao Nakamura et al.
      Pages 243-256
    4. Yasuro Atoji, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Makoto Sugimura
      Pages 257-268
    5. Shingo Miura
      Pages 269-275
  7. Diseases of the Rupicaprini

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Yoshitaka Suzuki, Makoto Sugimura, Yasuro Atoji
      Pages 283-298
    3. Hiroshi Hori, Hiroshi Takeuchi
      Pages 312-317
  8. Endocrinology and Reproduction of Capricornis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Isao Kita, Makoto Sugimura, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Toshiro Tiba, Shingo Miura
      Pages 321-331
    3. Toshiro Tiba, Mikio Sato, Tadahiro Hirano, Isao Kita, Makoto Sugimura, Yoshitaka Suzuki
      Pages 332-338
    4. Takao Nakamura, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Makoto Sugimura
      Pages 339-346
  9. Nutritional Status of Capricornis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Yuriko Hazumi, Naoki Maruyama, Keiko Ozawa
      Pages 355-364
    3. Katsuhisa Honda, Ryo Tatsukawa, Shingo Miura
      Pages 365-387
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 388-391

About this book


The Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus) has been protected by law since 1955 in Japan, because it was becoming rarer and approaching extinction. Thereafter, the serow population has increased gradually. The Japanese serow is thought to be a primitive relict species on the islands of Japan, and the geographical range of the serow has retracted upwards into the moun­ tain forests to avoid contact with humans. Little was therefore known about these animals. However, increasing losses of forest habitat due to exploit­ ation of the mountain forests or expanding cultivation by local foresters have driven the Japanese serow back into the lowlands of Japan. Since then, complaints of damage to trees and other vegetation have accumulated against the serow. In some prefectures the shooting of Japanese serow was allowed in order to prevent damage to forests. The animals killed were taken for research by the Departments of the Environment and by universities. was set up at the summit of Mt. Gozaisho, The Japan Serow Center Komono-cho, Mie Prefecture, in 1962 and has made a great effort to breed the serow and its related species in captivity. In addition, the International Studbook of Capricorn is crispus in captivity was established in Japan, and the state of breeding of the Japanese serows is now reported annually. However, without detailed scientific research, it is impossible to conduct sensible protection, conservation or management of the serow in captivity or in the wild.


animals breeding conservation distribution environment evolution food forest histology lipid metals morphology nutrition population vegetation

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8032-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-8030-6
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