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Effective Management Strategies for Spotted Deer at the National Zoo in Bangladesh

This study focused on the care of spotted deer (Axis axis) at the Bangladesh National Zoo, with an emphasis on their rearing and management practices. The research spanned a year, from January 15th to December 15th, 2018, and encompassed the observation of four distinct deer groups: adult males (Stags or bucks), adult females (Does), juveniles, and infants. Special attention was dedicated to the dietary habits of the deer, which comprised a diverse range of foods, including maize fodder, Jambu grass, Gourd Spinach (Kolmi grass), cabbages, cucumbers, gourds, pumpkins, grains, wheat bran, and soybean meal. This diet provided them with a daily intake of 13.63% crude protein (CP) and 14.38 MJ ME. The research yielded valuable insights into the characteristics of the deer population. Male deer, on average, weighed 2.97 kg at birth, whereas females weighed 2.73 kg. Adult males exhibited an average weight of approximately 78.08 kg, while adult females weighed around 60.97 kg. Upon weaning, males weighed 19.05 kg, and females weighed 18.49 kg. The deer were typically weaned at an average age of 5.19 months, with estrous cycles lasting approximately 17.40 days. The age at first fawning was recorded at 14.48 months, and the gestation period averaged 232.69 days. To ensure the health and reproductive success of the spotted deer, adherence to recommended feeding plans and effective management practices at the Bangladesh National Zoo was deemed imperative. These measures guaranteed the provision of appropriate nutrition and care, thereby enhancing the overall well-being, productivity, and reproductive outcomes of the deer population. This research has offered significant insights into the management of captive spotted deer. The findings also hold relevance for the broader domain of wildlife conservation. Through meticulous observation and documentation of various aspects of deer management, these findings can contribute to the effective support and conservation of the deer population within the zoo.

Spotted Deer, Dietary Habits, Reproductive Characteristics, Wildlife Conservation

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K. M. Baharul Islam Talukder, A., Rafiqul Islam, M., Faruk, A., Akhter, F. (2023). Effective Management Strategies for Spotted Deer at the National Zoo in Bangladesh. American Journal of Zoology, 6(3), 46-52.

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K. M. Baharul Islam Talukder, A.; Rafiqul Islam, M.; Faruk, A.; Akhter, F. Effective Management Strategies for Spotted Deer at the National Zoo in Bangladesh. Am. J. Zool. 2023, 6(3), 46-52. doi: 10.11648/j.ajz.20230603.11

AMA Style

K. M. Baharul Islam Talukder A, Rafiqul Islam M, Faruk A, Akhter F. Effective Management Strategies for Spotted Deer at the National Zoo in Bangladesh. Am J Zool. 2023;6(3):46-52. doi: 10.11648/j.ajz.20230603.11

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