The illegal trade of serow in Southeast Asia

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Chinese Serow © Anan Kaewkhammul | istockphoto.com

Goal: To reduce the illegal trade of serow species in Southeast Asia

Summary: Serow species in Southeast Asia are threatened by widespread poaching and illegal trade. Almost everywhere they occur, they are sought after for their meat and parts (including bones, feet, blood, teeth, innards), which are used in traditional medicines. Market surveys looking at the trade and uses of wildlife in traditional medicine reveal that serow is one of the region’s most commonly utilised group. Serow horns and heads are also traded as decorations and trophies, and occasionally, live animals are trafficked. Despite the strictest legal protection in place, illegal trade continues. To prevent serow from further decline in Southeast Asia, conservation and enforcement efforts must be increased but this is hindered by a lack of documented information on the scale and extent of the trade in serow and the subsequent impacts on wild populations.

Project: To collect, compile and analyse information on the trade of serow to provide evidence of the ongoing illegal trade of serow in Southeast Asia, with the aim of catalysing conservation interventions. The four species of focus are the Sumatran Serow, Chinese Serow, Red Serow and Himalayan Serow.

Duration: 12 months

Funds needed: USD 15,000

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