The East Asian sika deer is a close relative of the Western European red deer and, like this one, belongs to the genus of Cervus.
However, sika deer are easily confused with the more closely related and similar sized fallow deer. For the summer dress is usually reddish-brown like with the fallow deer and shows numerous white spots. Older fallow deer, however, can be distinguished from male sika deer on the basis of shovel-shaped antlers.
The white spots on the coat are arranged in 7 to 8 longitudinal rows. In winter, these spots fade and are sometimes hard to spot.
The original distribution of the sika deer included eastern China, southeast Siberia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and northern Vietnam. They are threatened almost everywhere in their natural habitat.
Through man, sika deer have been introduced in many parts of the world, such as: in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Sika deer are a very adaptable deer species. They prefer forests with a dense undergrowth and also occur in wetlands. Since they are good swimmers, they flee into the water to escape predators.
In Germany there are wild populations in Schleswig-Holstein, Weserbergland, Sauerland and Südbaden.
Summer is over - days are getting shorter again - man and nature begin to slow down. For the remaining time until Christmas we have put together a program for young and old with activities suitable for this season.
You can study the complete program online in our park calendar, take the flyer in the park shop or download it. […]
In addition to numerous animals to be discovered, the Hochwildschutzpark also offers various facilities for fun and play - for young and old.
Right next to the bear enclosure, you can swing the tarzan swing over the "bear creek" to the barbecue area at the Volkenbacher Weiher. And - if you have reserved the barbecue in advance (20 €) - reward yourself with freshly grilled food. […]