Red Stag



Axis deer, also known as chital or spotted deer, are native to the Indian subcontinent. They are known for their distinctive white spots on a reddish-brown coat and for their striking large antlers.
Axis deer were introduced to Hawaii in the late 1800s as a gift from the King of Siam to King Kalakaua V. They were initially released on the island of Molokai, but they quickly spread to other islands and established a large population. In Texas and Florida, Axis deer were introduced for hunting purposes in the 1930s and 1940s on preserves. Over the years, some escaped captivity of the ranches, and now roam wild in different parts of the states.
Axis deer are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands. They are herbivores and feed on a wide range of plants, including grasses, shrubs, and fruit. These deer are also known for their ability to adapt to different environments and can thrive in both wet and dry climates.
Axis deer are social animals and live in herds, with the males establishing dominance using their antlers. Female Axis deer give birth to one or two fawns at a time, with a gestational period of around seven months. Fawns are born with their distinctive white spots and are able to walk within an hour of being born.
They have a unique alarm call that sounds like a high-pitched whistle, which alerts other members of the herd to potential danger. These deer are also known for their vocalizations, which include grunts, bleats, and whistles.
In terms of conservation status, Axis deer are classified as a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. However, they have been listed as an invasive species in some areas, such as Hawaii, where they have had a negative impact on native plants and animals.