© 1987

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

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Biology and Management of Capricornis and Related Mountain Antelopes
  • Editors Hiroaki Soma
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7099-4458-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-8032-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-8030-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 391
  • Number of Illustrations 102 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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