The Chital, also known as the Axis deer, are a deer species indigenous to regions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This deer is most prevalent in Indian forests, where they feed on tall grasses, branches, shrubs and even fruit that has fallen thanks to monkeys in the trees.
A male can weigh up to 165 pounds and stand up to 35 inches at the shoulder. Females can reach nearly 100 pounds. Their coloration is usually light fawn with white spots and some white on their underbellies. Their antlers shed annually and can grow to over 30 inches and are usually three pronged.
Axis like to live among large groups of both genders. Most of their time is spent grazing. You don’t have to travel too far to see this unique deer from the far east, just stop by the park!