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Asian Elaphodus cephalophus.

The Nublar Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus nublarus) is a small subspecies of tufted deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead and fang-like canines for the males. It is the most common native animal on the island Isla Nublar. This 0.6 meter (2 foot) tall mammal is mostly nocturnal, although they have been studied grazing under the darkest patches of the jungle canopy during daylight hours.[1]  After the eruption of Mount Sibo, it is unknown what happened to this subspecies, although as none were seen captured by the mercenaries onboard the Arcadia, it can be assumed that the deer went extinct or, at the very least, extinct in the wild.


The four known subspecies of Elaphodus cephalophus all live in East or Southeast Asia. No American subspecies is known. The tufted deer inhabits high, damp forests at 500–4,500 metres (1,600–14,800 ft) above sea level, close to the tree line. A tropical offshore island, like Isla Nublar, would be an unusual habitat for tufted deer.

Behind the scenes

The reason behind the addition of this species for the Isla Nublar native wildlife is that in the original script for Jurassic World, there was a scene involving a wild deer and an unknown dinosaur, that didn't make the cut.[2]