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.
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