Sambar Deer | MCQ | Correct Answer

Sambar Deer | MCQ | Correct Answer

Consider the following statements about Sambar Deer

1- Listed as a critically endangered species as per the IUCN Red List.

2- Populations have declined substantially due to severe hunting, local insurgency, and industrial

exploitation of habitat.

3- The Sambar is a large deer native to the Indian subcontinent, South China and Southeast Asia.

How many of the above statements are correct?

  1. a) Only 1
  2. b) Only 2
  3. c) All three
  4. d) None of Above

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Ans: b

Sambar Deer

  • Class: Mammalia
  • Family: Cervidae
  • Scientific Name: Cervus unicolor
  • IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable listed as a vulnerable species as per the IUCN Red List.

Key features:

  • They are quite elusive and are most active at dusk and at night.
  • They are predated by Indian Leopard, Bengal Tiger and Dhole, which makes them an important component of the ecosystem.
  • Although their first instinct is to freeze when disturbed, they will confront predators with loud alarm barks, stomps and the mane will erect to make them appear more intimidating.
  • Sambar Deer are water-dependent, so they are never found far from water, but otherwise can be found in a broad range of forest habitats:

Dry deciduous forest, rainforest and mixed forests.

  • Their range is distributed from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains across southern Asia and reaching the islands of Taiwan, Sumatra and Borneo.

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