Sambar Deer

  • Sambar Deer
Photo Credits Prasad Tharanga

Sambar Deer is a large deer that inhabits much of Southern Asia and can be found in a variety of forest habitats. These hardy species are seen congregating in large herds in the national parks and reserves of Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. The Sambar deer found in Sri Lanka is a sub-species found only in the island nation known as Rusa unicolor unicolor. This sub-species is one of the largest found in the world, and has the largest antlers both in body and in size.

Scientific Classification

Rusa unicolor
  • Scientific Name :
  • Rusa unicolor
Animals
  • Kingdom :
  • Animals
Mammalia
  • Class :
  • Mammalia
Cetartiodactyla
  • Order :
  • Cetartiodactyla
Cervidae
  • Family :
  • Cervidae
Rusa
  • Genus :
  • Rusa
Unicolor
  • Species :
  • Unicolor

Quick Facts

130 - 300 kg
  • Weight:
  • 130 - 300 kg
Head and body: 1.5-2.5 m; Tail: 25-35 cm; Shoulder height: 1-1.4 m
  • Size:
  • Head and body: 1.5-2.5 m; Tail: 25-35 cm; Shoulder height: 1-1.4 m
Herbivore
  • Diet:
  • Herbivore
Australia,Bangladesh,Bhutan,Brunei Darussalam,Cambodia,China,India,Indonesia,Lao People's Democratic Republic,Malaysia,Myanmar,Nepal,New Zealand,South Africa,Sri Lanka,Taiwan, Province Of China,Thailand,United States,Viet Nam
  • Locations:
  • Australia,Bangladesh,Bhutan,Brunei Darussalam,Cambodia,China,India,Indonesia,Lao People's Democratic Republic,Malaysia,Myanmar,Nepal,New Zealand,South Africa,Sri Lanka,Taiwan, Province Of China,Thailand,United States,Viet Nam
Decreasing
  • Population Trend:
  • Decreasing
Near Threatened
  • Conservation Status:
  • Near Threatened