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Asian Mammals

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The Asian mammal display consists mostly of varieties of Asian deer. The deer are most easily told apart by their antlers. Antlers vary from short, simple spikes, to huge, complex branches. Deer typically shed and re-grow their horns once a year. This is useful for deer that damage their antlers one year, and which would otherwise be disadvantaged for the rest of their lives. Deer are browsers, which means that they eat mostly shrubs and tree leaves, rather than grass like cows.

Exhibits include:

  • sika deer (Cervus nippon)
  • sambar deer (Cervus unicolor)
  • axis deer (Cervus axis)
  • Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)
  • Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla)
  • blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)
  • roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
  • Pere David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus)
  • hog deer (Axis porcinus)
  • barking deer (Muntiacus muntjac)

This collection of Eurasian mammals is part of a long-term loan from the World Wildlife Museum of Stockton to enhance wildlife education.

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