The Persian fallow deer is a majestic deer species that is now endangered.
Some zoos are trying to save the species, the Szeged Zoo where these photos were taken has such a program.
As animal taxonomy is not an exact science — to put it mildly — there is some disagreement if the Persian fallow deer is a separate species, or a subspecies of the fallow deer.
As the name suggests the Persian fallow deer’s native area is in Iran. While once abundant and even a popular game for hunters, the Persian fallow deer is now endangered due to habitat loss, predation by animal predators and excessive hunting by humans.
Dama mesopotamica (Mesopotamian Fallow Deer, Persian Fallow Deer).
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