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Persian Fallow Deer (Dama dama mesopotamica), in the Mt. Carmel

There were many deer herds in Israel until the 19th century, but this species has totally disappeared during the beginning of the 20th century.

In order to recover this species, 8 deer were brought from Iran in the end of the 70s to this farm, on Mt. Carmel. The recovery process is very successful, and the number of deer grew to 170. From time to time they sent some of them free, and now there are more than 100 free deer out in Mt. Carmel forest. This male was captured in the farm, but he will be sent free too, soon.
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Weight of adult males is from 46 to 80 kg with an average of 67 kg, and the weight of adult females is from 30 to 50 kg with an average of 44 kg. The head and body length is 1.3 to 1.75 meters, tail length is 150 to 230 mm, and the shoulder height of males is generally 0.9 to 1.0 meters with the females slightly smaller. The forelegs of Dama dama are usually shorter than the hind legs; as a result, the line of the back is elevated posteriorly.

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