Indochinese Sika Deer


Indochinese Sika Deer (Cervus nippon pseudaxis)

The call of the Sika

It can get noisy in winter, when the male sika deers call high and long during rutting season. By listening closely, one can differentiate between ten calls - considerably more than in other deer species. Females have soft, whistling sounds,males regularly produce a whistling sound ending with a loud hum.
However, Indochinese sika deer can only be heard in zoos, since they are extinct in the wild due to hunting and habitat destruction.

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Category: Mammal

Weight: up to 80 Kilogramm

Size: Head-trunk length 95 and 140 centimeters. The shoulder height 64 to 100 centimeters

Age: 15 -20 years

gestation period: ca. 7 month, 1-2 calves

food: Buds and shoots, leaves, berries, fruits. In wetlands also reeds, bulrushes and aquatic plants.

habitat: Forests with dense undergrowth. However, they also occur in wetlands.

Way of life: Adult males are loners for most of the year, while females and juveniles come together in groups of two to ten, rarely fifty, animals.

Danger: The subspecies Vietnam Sika has become extinct in the wild (red list: extinct in the wild)

Breeding program: The European Conservation Breeding Program (EEP) is coordinated by Tierpark Berlin, which also maintains the International Breeding Book.

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