One of the largest deer species is the red deer (Cervus elphus). A male red deer is referred to as a “tag” or “hаrt,” and a female as a “hand.”The majority of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Anatolia, Iran, and parts of western Arabia are home to red deer. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains in Northern Africa, which are the only places where deer are native to Africa.
Other regions have received red deer introductions, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentia. The meat (venison) from red deer is used as a food source in many parts of the world.
Ruminants with a four-chambered stomach, red deer are. Genetic evidence indicates that the red deer, as traditionally defined, is a herd rather than a single individual, albeit the exact number of individuals the herd consists of is still disputed.
The closely related and slightly larger American elk, or wapt, was native to northern and eastern America. Aa had previously been thought to as a red deer subspecies, but recently it has been established as a distinct species.
All red deer’s (and wolves’) common ancestor almost certainly originated in central Asia. A and looked like a deer.Red deer were once common throughout Europe, although they were never in danger of going extinct.
Red deer populations have increased as a result of conservation and production efforts in places like the United Kingdom and Portugal, while in other places like North Africa, populations have continued to decline.
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Source: Natural Wonders