The Sika deer is a member of the genus Cervus, a group of deer also known as the “true deer”. Previously found from northern Vietnam to far east Russia, Sika deer are now uncommon in these areas, but overabundant in Japan.
Male Sika deer are generally twice as large as females, and carry antlers, where females do not. During mating season, males are territorial and will keep harems of females within a uniquely marked territory.
In Japan’s Nara Prefecture, these deer have become famously known as the “bowing deer” , as they will bow their heads before being fed a special deer cookie by tourists.
Country of Origin: Central China and Japan