Axis Deer

Axis Axis

Scientific Name

Axis Deer:  
Axis Axis

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Axis deer are found in India, Nepal, Sikkim and Sri Lanka.

Natural Habitat

Axis deer frequent grasslands and open forest, seldom going into heavy jungles.

Physical Characteristics

  • The axis deer are light brown in color with white fur on their bellies, legs, and neck. They have a black stripe down the center of their back and have white spots on their fur coat that covers a majority of their body. Only males have antlers, which will shed seasonally.

Quick Facts

  1. The axis deer is 1 of 3 species of deer that will keep the white spots on their fur coat for their entire life, not just while they are young fawns like most deer.


Rhino Yards

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Axis Deer is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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In the wild, Axis deer are grazers that occasionally browse. They are fond of wild fruits and flowers. At the Zoo they receive ruminant chow, Timothy hay, and omalene (corn, molasses, rolled oats, and alfalfa meal).