Deer, Calamian

Deer, Calamian

Scientific Name: Axis calamianensis

Status: Endangered

Habitat: native to the swampy areas of the Philippines’ Calamian Islands

Diet: These ungulates prefer to browse on shoots, leaves, and twigs.

Height: 24–29 inches at the shoulder

Length: 3.5 feet

Weight: 79–110 pounds

The Calamian deer is sometimes known as the hog deer because when fleeing from danger it dashes through underbrush with its head down like a hog instead of jumping over barriers like other deer.

These animals are crepuscular, meaning that they are active at sunrise and twilight. They rest during the warmer part of the day and then come out from the undergrowth to forage. Mainly solitary, they sometimes form small herds if left undisturbed. As with other deer species, Calamian deer are ruminants, meaning that they have four stomach chambers and chew cud. A soft, high-pitched, nasal call is their main vocalization.

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