Sambar Deer

(Rusa unicolor)

The Sambar is a native of the Southern Asian continents from India south and east to Cambodia, China and Malaysia and across the countless islands in that part of the world, giving rise to many subspecies variations.  In the UK there are no wild Sambar though they do exist here in some parks and Zoos. Much like their cousins, the Sika, they are very tough and highly adaptable, often nocturnal and love dense thick cover and marshland, making them very hard to keep track of.

They have also been introduced elsewhere such as New Zealand and Australia and Tazmania, where they are now regarded in some quarters as something of a pest in a delicate eco system which is ill prepared for the ravages of these huge deer, which breed there year round and are free of their natural control which should by nature be the Tiger in their native lands. They are however probably there to stay now, as populations are heavily managed through hunting.  Like red deer, Sambar can vary greatly in size, according to the local conditions, climate and food availability, stags can get very large and rival the biggest red stags with body weights to over 500kg (1100 lbs)

Further reading on Sambar

Sambar Taxidermy

The Sambar deer is a species we see only rarely here in our studio, as the main populations of these deer are on the other side of the world. Technically and anatomically they are akin to a giant Sika in terms of the anatomy, having that pronounced brow line giving them a slightly menacing appearance.

This mount is a large stag and consists of the following components

  • Shoulder mount of a Sambar deer stag.