Malayan Sambar

(Rusa unicolor equinus)

There are possibly seven subspecies of sambar deer, each found in different geographical areas. The Malayan sambar deer that we have at Watatunga is thought to be native to Burma, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, southern China through to Sumatra.  Despite their lack of antlers, female sambar readily defend their young from most predators – a trait which is unusual among deer.

Gestation period:

236 – 246 days

Threats to species:

This species is vulnerable and their numbers are in decline due to poaching and loss of habitat due to deforestation.



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