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.
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.