New category of introduced rusa deer from Africa approved
Updated: Oct 19, 2018
The editors of Rowland Ward Ltd are pleased to announce they have established a new category for Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game: rusa deer from Mauritius. Although rusa deer were not originally found on this island,which was a one-time Dutch possession, they were introduced in 1639 by Adrian Van Der Stel, the governor of the island at the time. This is very likely the oldest transplanted population of rusa deer in the world, and its introduction to the island marked one of the very first times that a large game animal was purposely introduced into a new area.
A healthy population exists in several reserves on Mauritius, and so far, mostly Europeans have hunted here. This great stag, which has a main beam in the mid-30-inch range, was recently entered in Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game. We are pleased to receive it and hope many more will follow.