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Two species of Fallow Deer (Genus Dama) are native to Europe and the Middle East.
The more common Fallow Deer (Dama dama) has a variable coat, ranging from white to brown to black. The top picture highlights the deer's flat, palmated antlers.
Their adaptability has made them a favored import, and they currently reside in countries around the world. Small pockets of them are found in the U.S. Southeast, Northwest, Central Plains and Southern California.
The Persian Fallow Deer (Dama mesopotamica) was thought to be extinct, however a small population in Iran was discovered. A small population of around 350 survives. A few hybrid populations also live in different areas of the Middle-east.
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