Dama – Fallow deer

The greatest conservation success story –a species brought back from the brink of extinction and now thriving

By the end of the 19th century, leading experts thought this species had gone extinct because of rampant poaching and killing. But, in the 1950s, a small population was found in Iran, and a few animals were also brought to Israel for captive breeding. Today, their number is slowly rising, and they have also been reintroduced into the wild.

Today, they are being bred in the zoos of Iran, Israel, and Germany. Little information is present about their life and behavior in the wild, and most information has been obtained from captive breeding, which might not be an accurate representation of their natural population and needs more research.