Animals & Attractions

We have three Bukhara deer here at Highland Wildlife Park - Dushanbe, Samsi and our newest arrival Bel'Cher, born in June 2023.


  • Bukhara deer are also known as Bactrian deer. They 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
  • 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. They still face threats from poaching, hunting and habitat destruction and breeding efforts are as important as ever.



Like all the animals in our care our Bukhara deer are amazing ambassadors for their relatives in the wild and help hundreds of thousands of people connect with nature every year. They encourage visitors to learn about the threats facing wildlife and the action they can take to help create a world where nature is protected, valued and loved.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for the animals here at the zoo and work to protect species at risk around the world. From providing expertise in genetics 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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