Animals & Attractions

We have a small herd of Bukhara deer here at Highland Wildlife Park. They can be found in the main drive through reserve.

We have had a good deal of success breeding the species, with two new arrivals welcomed in summer 2020 and one calf born each year since 2017. We welcomed our newest arrival, Bel'Cher, in June 2023. 

You can help feed and care for our Bukhara deer and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • Bukhara deer are also known as Bactrian deer and are related to red deer and American elk
  • For most of the year, they live in single-sex groups. Males and females come together for the breeding season and the stags perform a mating ritual called a rut
  • Stags will challenge each other by braying and unless one backs down they will charge each other with their antlers clashing
  • Only males have antlers, which are shed and regrown every year

How we're helping

Bukhara deer were once one of the most threatened mammals on earth. In 1999 there were just 400 left in the wild. Since then, habitat restoration and reintroduction programmes have boosted their numbers, but they still face threats from poaching, hunting and habitat destruction so breeding efforts are as important as ever.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the park and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

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