On the purity of Mesopotamian fallow deer Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Mesopotamian fallow deer originating from the world herd that was established at the Opel Zoo in 1957 have been suspected of being hybridized with European fallow deer. I review existing evidence relevant to this issue. Findings indicate that there is no evidence of hybridization in animals originating from the Opel Zoo. I conclude that the Semeshkandeh captive herd in Iran and the Israeli reintroduced population are pure bred Mesopotamian fallow deer.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013