A unusual and endangered Visayan found deer, which was when declared extinct, was recently photographed in its natural habitat.
Also known as the Philippine seen deer or Prince Alfred’s deer. Its scientific name is Rusa alfredi.
Because of continuous deforestation and poaching, the population is at a critical level and is identified as seriously endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This seen deer is among the “rarest animal species on Earth” and certainly the “rarest deer species on Earth.”
The Visayan found deer can only be located on the Visayan islands of the Philippines.
There are claimed to be less than 100 Visayan found deer on the Visayan island of Panay and a maximum of 700 across all the islands.
Some eagle-eyed internet users noticed that the Visayan found deer in the images wasn’t alone, leading people to believe that it might have been with its partner.
It was found in a nature book that looks after the conservation of local endangered species.
The adults of the species expand to around 125– 130 cm from the top of its head throughout of its tail. It stands at 70 to 80 cm tall and weighs between 25 to 80 kg.
The Visayan found deer is the biggest deer species found only in the Visayas, in spite of having short legs.
Compared to other deer species in the Philippines, Visayan found deer are easy to identify thanks to their distinct patterns of beige spots.
The Visayan spotted deer was also observed in the wild back in 2018 on the Visayan island of Negros.
The Visayan spotted deer is one of the species protected by Republic Act No. 9147,
‘ An Act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.’
This act entered into effect on July 30, 2001, and as a result, hunting the Visayan found deer is prohibited.