Bawean Deer

(Axis kuhlii)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
Bawean, Indonesia

Diet
Herbs, grasses, leaves, twigs

 

Weight
Female up to 40 kg
Male up to 60 kg

Achievable age
up to 20 years

A rare beauty:
Almost extinct in the wild, the Bawean deer is the world’s most threatened deer species. That is
primarily because its only natural habitat is the small island of Bawean, which has a surface area of just 190 km². Loss of habitat, feral domestic dogs and bush fires cause a decline of the population on Bawean island currently.

Did you know that?
The continued existence of the Bawean deer is therefore dependent on genetic reservoirs in zoos. Today, there are probably fewer than 250 individuals living on Bawean.