The only wild population of Rusa Deer in Britain is at Woburn Abbey. This species originated from Indonesia, however have been exported and introduced into a number of different countries. They have large ears and long narrow tails in comparison to other deer species. Whilst a somewhat territorial animal they are not an aggressive species and will primarily use antler decoration to ward off predators and competing males.
This deer species has a wide variety of habitat preferences from deciduous forests and park lands to deserts (this has been observed in introduced Australian individuals).
Rusa are a nocturnal grazing species, feeding on a number of species of grasses and plants during the night in order to avoid diurnal predators.
Predators & Threats
In Britain this species have no natural predators. In Indonesia however they are hunted and eaten by crocodiles, large snakes such as pythons and Komodo dragons.
- Rusa Deer collect vegetation on their antlers in order to assort their dominance over other males.
- It is possible to identify deer species from their call, as each is species-specific.
|Common Name(s)||Scientific Name|
|Rusa Deer, Javan Rusa, Sunda Sambar||Rusa timorensis|
Best Time to Look
All year round.