Philippine Spotted Deer: The World’s Rarest Deer!

The Philippines’ biodiversity is truly amazing that it is haven to some of the world’s smallest faunas and floras as well as home to what many believe as the world’s rarest deer. Read on to learn more about this fascinating animal — the Philippine spotted deer.

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The Philippine Spotted Deer (Rusa Alfredi) is a small deer about 60 to 80 cm tall at shoulder height and about 130 cm long with short tail, eight to 13 cm long. This species is found only in two Visayan islands (Negros and Panay) inhabiting forests areas, though at one time found in open grasslands.

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This small deer is easily recognized by the many large distinguishing yellowish-beige spots spread across its underbody and sides. It has fine, soft fur with an overall dark brown coat; while its underbodies are much paler. The Philippine Spotted Deer has dark brown face and neck though its chin bears some white patches. A lighter colored fur ringed the eyes while the inside surface of the ears are white. Males are larger than females where and grow short, stout antlers about 4.5 cm long.

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Other than the fact that females have a gestation period of eight months, little is known about the deer”s life cycle in the wild. Though young animals have been sighted all-year round, studies showed that many are born in March, May, and June. In captivity, the Philippine Spotted Deer can live up to 20 years.

51 thoughts on “Philippine Spotted Deer: The World’s Rarest Deer!

  1. Anonymous

    i would love to see these animals when i visit visayas. hopefully soon. PH gas so many animals we're not aware that exist here. thanks for sharing

  2. Anonymous

    I hope the people around the area would really protect these species. I hope they won't be blinded by money. Our country is really full of great things that we should be proud of.

  3. lee rosales

    Wow! I didn't know we have this specie of deer here in the Philippines. It's really fascinating! I just wish that there are still a lot of Philippine Spotted Deers in the country. We should really treasure the wide array of flora and fauna we have in the country.

  4. Karen of MrsLookingGood

    Deers are one of my favorite animals, they have genuine grace and intelligence. I didn't know you had such a rare deer over there in the Philippines.

  5. Vanessa

    I am not sure of my comment went through. I wish I knew where we could find this in Negros. They look cute.

  6. Eliz Frank

    I wish I can see this in my lifetime. I saw some small deet in the Manila Zoo that look somewhat lhat like this, but I doubt if if it is indeed this one.

  7. Fred Hawson

    This is very interesting. We have a spotted deer in India and they are almost in every jungle in hundreds. Sad to know these beauties are now rare.

  8. Fatemah Sajwani

    I wish we had deer where I live. Do they mostly live in the wild or are they quite tame when human approach them?

  9. Prasad Np aka desi Traveler

    ohh, i didn't know there's a spotted deer species in the Philippines! and they're actually the world's rarest deer! thanks for sharing, i've learnt something new today!

  10. Fari Wu

    Aww, those deer look adorable! We have deer where we're from too, but they're bigger. It makes sense that they're smaller out there since the Philippines is made up of so many small islands.

  11. Kelly Chin

    Oh dear deers, I'd love to see healthy deers someday. I've seen deers in Zoos and I didn't quite enjoy the site of malnourished ones. They're just adorable. If they are endangered, people should stop hunting them.

  12. Tiffany Yong W.T.

    Suddenly I am reminded of Bambi with a fur coat of safety orange and wheat spots. We don't often see deer in the Philippines even those plain brown ones.

  13. Mazino Oyolo Kigho

    ive been seeing this in matanglawin and born to be wild…were lucky to have this in our country sana lang hindi abusuhin…
    oh really? can be found in negros and Panay only? hindi ko ata nabalitaan yan dito..hehehe.. ithought palawan sila.

  14. Juliana

    We're lucky to have these lovely animals! I hope our Government does everything to protect them from getting extinct.

  15. Jessica Cassidy

    hey, I saw bambi! hehehhe….joke! I've seen lots and differenty types of deers here in the US, but never seen one in pinas.

  16. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    Just another reminder to respect all creatures. We do have some rare species of animals, some of which have been victims of poaching. I hope that there are still some good people in government who would look after these national treasures.

  17. Dhemz

    I never knew we have deers in the Philippines. *toinks. I wish the Philippine government really do something about our environment.

  18. Eileen

    Sigh! I've visited this page before and I still find myself catching my breath with the beauty of that first shot. Our very own dear deers! Got to love God's creations! 🙂

  19. Jen

    I feel proud that this can be found in our country. I hope our government will exert all efforts to protect these kind of animals.

  20. Kaye Figuracion

    I honestly have never seen a deer in real life but they look tame and cute pala! 🙂 I wonder if merong deer sa ParadiZoo in Tagaytay.

  21. nanardxz

    I would be delighted to see them in flesh and I hope that they'll be protected by our government!

  22. Algene

    i dont even know that we have deer in philippines! its a good news for me though it looks more exciting back in philippines now another animals to add in my lists that we have in PH!

  23. MaryJane Tauyan

    I had seen a lot of different species of deer when I visit Melaka Zoo and none I saw close to this rare Philippine spotted deer. I would love to see it up close.

  24. Sky Summer

    I always learn about new animals that I have yet to hear or read about from your blog posts, Another informative post from you!

  25. Kim Nieves

    My bf's dad says that he used to see deer in their mountains when he was young, and that their number is really diminishing.

  26. ana karen Banhag

    awww!!! beautiful indeed. I grew up in a place in Batangas which quarter of the town is haciendas of the Ayalas (actually almost 75% before and they just gave away the lands to other people). Their place used to be open to public and we can visit the gated haciendas with just smiles and wave of a hand. Until now, chancing upon herds of sheep, horses and deers is so common as the pastures are fenced only with chained links. it's like we grew up seeing these animals not only on books or TVs and I just realized I am blessed to get close to nature. 🙂

  27. Lady Patchy

    I haven't seen deer for almost a year now since we moved to Texas. Back in Oklahoma, deer can be seen all over the place running around.

  28. Genzel Kisses

    Wow! another addition to my knowledge 😀 Never thought we have a deer in our country. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  29. Rochkirstin Santos

    Whoa I didn't know that the deer can live only up to 20 years… I wonder how they are aging.

  30. Franc Ramon

    It's nice to know that Philippines holds a distinction of being home of rare species because of the rich biodiversity in the country.

  31. Gil Camporazo

    This animal is an endangered species. And it could only found in one place, Negros. There are three of this kind in Negros Zoo in capitol, Bacolod. Why we couldn't raise this animal? It is just because it is hunted by people for food.

  32. Jerwel De Perio

    I rarely see an article about deer and I didn't even know that we have a deer here in the Philippines!

  33. kulasa

    I have yet to see one in person…looking at them virtually..I sound like a broken record but yes they make me admire the Creator once again…thanks for another amazing animal added to my list…:)

  34. Chubskulit Rose

    Lainy, come here in WV and you will see tons, they even come in your backyard lol.

  35. Teresa Martinez

    I would certainly want to have a chance to see one with my own eyes. After all, it is not asking too much since they can be found in our country.

  36. Teresa Martinez

    We should be thankful that such wonders of nature can be found in our country.

  37. Chubskulit Rose

    Thank you for your informative posts KUya, I get to discover things that I don't know about like this one.

  38. Swexie @ Fashion and Beauty Blog

    I can't help but think about Bambi, that cartoon movie that I used to watch when I was small. I think Bambi was a spotted deer like the one featured in your article.

  39. Algene

    Since I saw a picture of a deer, nagtataka lang ako bakit yung mga heads nila eh ginagamit as decors sa mga old houses? Weird. Hehe

  40. Kikay Corner

    Oh are we not one blessed archipelago! I love learning something new again through your blog, Kuya! 🙂

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