Kerama Deer (Natural monument)

Kerama Deer

Kerama Deer is said to be the one living in the most southern area in Japan. It was imported from Kagoshima Prefecture 360 years ago. Kerama Deer is also said to be a variety of Japanese Deer. It is as small about 75 kilograms weight. The hair is dark, and only bucks have horns although they are shorter than those of Japanese Deer. The horns come off from March to April. Once a large number of Kerama deer were distributed in Kerama Is, now they are protected because many of them were hunted because they destroyed crops.

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This island is surrounded by primeval forests of Shida plants or Yaeyama Palms. Kerama Deer, a natural monument, lives there.