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Sika Deer
Male (stag)
Females (hinds)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species: C. nippon
Binomial name
Cervus nippon
Temminck, 1838

C. n. aplodontus
C. n. dybowskii
C. n. grassianus
C. n. keramae
C. n. kopschi
C. n. mandarinus
C. n. mantchuricus
C. n. pseudaxis
C. n. pulchellus
C. n. sichuanicus
C. n. taioanus
C. n. yesoensis

The Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) is a member of the deer family Cervidae that inhabits much of East Asia. It is found in mixed deciduous forests to the north, and mixed subtropical deciduous and evergreen forests to the south.


Sika deer are native to Taiwan to Japan, but they have been introduced to many parks in Europe. In the UK, there are large populations in Ireland and Scotland and there are patchy populations scattered across England.


  1. Harris, R.B. (2008). Cervus nippon. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.