Animal Corner – The Axis Deer

The Chital, also known as the Axis deer,  are indigenous to regions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This deer species 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.

Male Axis can weigh up to 165 pounds and stand up to 35 inches at the shoulder. Females can weigh up to nearly 100 pounds.  They are typically fawn with white spots and some white on their underbellies. Their antlers can grow to over 30 inches and are usually three pronged and shed annually.

Axis like to live in large groups which include both genders. They spend most of their time grazing. You don’t have to travel too far to see this unique deer from the far east, just stop by the park!