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  • Burmese brow-antlered deer in Zoo Zurich.

    Burmese brow-antlered deer

    Rucervus eldii thamin

    The German name Leierhirsch refers to the bow-like shape of the antlers. In French and English, however, the name Thameng or Thamin and Eld's deer is also used. There are three subspecies of the thamin, whose ranges are exceptionally small or fragmented into small parts. In 1975, only 14 animals of the Manipur thamin were counted. Thanks to protective measures, there are now several hundred animals again. The Burmese thamin shown at Zoo Zurich is a great rarity in zoological gardens.

    Taxonomy Even-toed ungulates, ruminants, deer, brow-antlered deer (3 subspecies)
    Habitat Forests, grasslands, wetlands, habitat along water bodies
    Activity pattern Deciduous and nocturnal, females and young live in groups, males join groups during mating season, but otherwise live solitary
    Social structure Females with young in herds, males solitary outside mating season
    Diet Grass, occasionally leaves and fruits
    Weight 95 to 150 kg
    Shoulder height 120 to 130 cm
    Horns / Antlers Antlers: Males only
    Gestation time 239 to 256 days
    Litter size 1 young, rarely twins
    Age at sexual maturity 1 to 2 years
    Life expectancy up to 20 years in humans
    Commerce meat
    Current population all three subspecies declining sharply, Burmese thamin in central Burma with a few hundred animals, released in Thailand, 1500 animals of all subspecies with private keepers and in zoos
    At Zoo Zurich since 1981, internationally coordinated breeding (EEP)


    Verbreitungskarte Burma-Leierhirsch


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    Conservation status

    IUCN RedList

    Breeding programme