Also known as chital or spotted deer, the Axis Deer commonly inhabits wooded regions of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India and is the most common deer in indian forests.
Axis Deer stand about 3′ tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of 187 lbs. The coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots and the belly is white. The antlers, which are shed annually, are usually three-pronged and curve in a lyre shape and may reach up to two-and-a-half feet in length.
Axis Deer are often found in herds of ten to fifty individuals, with one or two stags and a number of females and young, in dense evergreen jungles and open grasslands. They feed upon tall grass and shrubs and are the favorite prey of tigers.
Axis meat is 99.8% fat free – making it the leanest meat of any mammal. The taste of the meat is close to that of good quality beef.