Fallow Deer

Dama dama

Distribution and Habitat: Fallow deer currently exists in 38 countries, being present in North and South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. They live in the most diverse territories, from very cold areas to the most arid areas. They can be found in grasslands, woods or even savannas.

Diet: Its diet contains a lot of vegetation, usually grass, small shrubs, roots and tubers. Despite this, their diet is very adaptable, depending on availability and yearly season.

Reproduction: During the breeding season, from September to January, males are busy marking the territory. Gestation time is about 240 days (8 months). The female chooses a hidden location to give birth and does not immediately join the group. Throughout the day, the parent leaves the fawn hidden in the bushes, returning to feed it.

Behaviour: Adult males are usually solitary animals, although in late summer they tend to form groups of males to join females in early autumn. Most activity happens more frequently at night, but its peak activity is at dawn and dusk.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)


Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Cervidae

Dimensions: 1 meter to the shoulder

Weight: 30 to 80 kg

Lifespan: 25 years in the Wild / 25 in Captivity

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