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The Rusa Deer, also known as the Sambar Deer, is a species of deer that is native to Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is a large deer, with a body length of up to 190 centimeters and a weight of up to 200 kilograms. Rusa Deer have a dark brown coat with a white underbelly, and they are known for their large antlers and distinctive, horse-like faces.
Rusa Deer are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, savannas, and wetlands. They are herbivores, feeding primarily on leaves, grasses, and shoots. The species is generally solitary and is active mainly at dawn and dusk. During the breeding season, male Rusa Deer produce a distinctive mating call, which sounds like a low growl.
The Rusa Deer is considered a species of least concern by the IUCN, but populations have declined in some areas due to habitat loss, hunting, and competition with non-native species. Conservation efforts, such as the creation of protected areas and hunting restrictions, have been implemented in some areas to protect the Rusa Deer and its habitats.