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Five things you probably didn’t know about the Spotted Deer

Staying at Safari Camps in Sri Lanka might give you a wildlife tour, but glamping in Sri Lanka with Ahaspokuna welcomes you to a living experience in the wild with bushwalks and a walking safari in untamed Sri Lanka! One of the major residents you may come across at this luxury glamping outfit is the Spotted deer. Here are five things you might not have known about them, unless your private Ahaspokuna naturalist beats you to this blog:

  1. The Sri Lankan axis deer (Axis axis ceylonensis) or Sri Lankan spotted deer is a subspecies of Axis deer (Axis axis) that are endemic to Sri Lanka. Otherwise known as a ‘chital’ in other parts of the world, that name is specifically not used in Sri Lanka!
  2. Sri Lankan spotted deer populations are considered to be vulnerable, with threats including hunting for meat and deforestation.
  3. Apart from the forests, they can be seen on the streets of Trincomalee! Particularly near the walls of Fort Frederick!
  4. The loud alarm call of a Spotted deer is a sign that a leopard is skulking about and hunting in the area.
  5. Only the male Spotted deer have antlers. When these grow, the stumps are covered in a temporary skin filled with fine blood vessels called ‘velvet’.

Ready to meet Spotted deer in the wild? Though not just deer, you might even encounter all kinds of Sri Lankan wildlife while glamping in Ahaspokuna’s hidden 2260-acre forest, overwhelmed with pristine wilderness. Go ahead and venture further with bushwalks to see more than Spotted deer, lead by your own personal naturalist as well as a 3rd generation bushman.


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In the Sinhalese language (spoken in Sri Lanka), “Ahas” means “Sky” and “Pokuna” means “Pond” or “Pool”. Ahaspokuna is so named in reference to the lake here, high up in the hills, that is only fed by rain water. A former settlement that sprung up on its shores was subsequently also named “Ahaspokuna”. Today, the jungle tide has washed over where people once lived and the camp provides a wilderness retreat for those in search of something different.
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