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Fallow Deer (Oceania)

Scientific Name: Cervus dama

Subspecies: None.

Distribution: Introduced into New Zealand from England between 1864 and 1900. In 1850 they were introduced into Australia on Tasmania, in Queensland, New South Wales and Gippsland.

Habitat: Prefers park-like areas, but is also found in forests and on farmland.

Description: Medium sized deer weighing up to 200 kg and measuring up to 1,40 m over the shoulder. It may reach a total body length of 2,50 m. General colour rufous brown with white spots in summer. The underparts are white, the tail relatively long. Colour variations: Black, white and Isabella coloured. The antlers are forked and partially palmate, often with several points.

Hunting method: Stalking, lying in wait.

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