The Chital is native of open deciduous forests and grasslands of  India and Sri Lanka.    A moderate-sized deer, Chital were introduced to Australia during the 1800's.  We began farming these beautiful deer at Hahndorf in 1979.  Being a subtropical species, the cold winters of Hahndorf was a bit too much for them.  Consequently, we transferred them to the more moderate climate of Highland Valley where they have thrived and continue to breed all year round.  Chital are a high yielding carcass in comparison with Fallow Deer.