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Sambar Deer(Rusa unicolor)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artidactyla

Suborder: ------

Family: Cervidae

Genus: Rusa

Species: unicolor

Subspecies: ------

Fun Facts:

Sambar deer is one of the largest members of deer family. .

Sambar’s predators prefer to attack in shallow water.

Sambar deer has amazing sense of hearing, sight and smell.

Fast Facts

Description: A typical forest deer with a shaggy, dark brown coat and large spreading antlers, the Sambar is India’s largest deer.
Size: Male: 2 m     Female: 1.5
Height: Male: 1.6 m     Female: 1.3 to 1.5 m
Weight: Male: 260 to 300 kg     Female: 200 to 250 kg
Diet: Grass, fruits, shoots, seeds.
Sexual maturity: Male: 2 years     Female: 18 to 24 months
Estrous phase: 18 days
Gestation Period: 246 days
Young per birth: 1calf
Life span: In wild: 12 to 15years     In captivity: 28 years
Habitat: Mixed deciduous forest and grassland scrub.
Distribution: Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
Current Population Status: Decreasing
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable