Malay common name: Kambing Hutan

English common name: Sumatran Serow

Scientific name: Capricornis sumatraensis

rank: Vulnerable

Photo Source: The Star

I’m very shy and live in forested mountainous areas near cliffs. My agility makes me a skilled rock climber so I can scale mountains with ease. Males and females both have their own well-marked territories. I can be aggressive and resort to stomping and head-butting when an intruder is in my territory. Though I usually prefer to be alone, if there is plenty of food to go around, I have been known to hang out with other serows. I like to eat fallen fruit, shoots, and leaves. My favorite times of day to snack are during the cool early morning and later evening hours. During the hottest parts of the day, I relax in the shade under rocky outcrops. Though even while resting, I always keep an eye out for predators who might want to hunt me, like tigers and leopards.

I can be found in the northern states of Kelantan, Perlis, and Perak in Malaysia though don’t be fooled, I am a rare sight. In Indonesia you can see me in Gunung Leuser National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Be sure to stay a safe distance away from me if you do happen to spot me because I might mistake you for a stranger.

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