Japanese Serow Capricornis crispus

Perhaps one of Japan's oddest creatures is a forest- and mountain-dwelling "goat-antelope," the Japanese Serow, known locally as the Kamoshika. This slow-moving woodland browser, is well camouflaged in its typically dense environment. Winter is the easiest time to locate it when the deciduous forests have shed their leaves and when there is snow on the ground.

Kamoshika ranges from northernmost Honshu, south through the main island to Shikoku and eastern Kyushu. It is perhaps most easily found in the central mountains of Honshu, at Bunao-yama and Jigokudani. There in winter, they can be found in close proximity to Japanese Macaques.


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