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Fallow Deer

Order:

Artiodactyla

Family:

Cervidae

Group:

Herd

Male:

Stag

Female:

Doe

Young:

Fawn

Lifespan:

20 – 25 years

Gestation:

30 – 35 weeks

Distribution:

Western Eurasia

Habitat:

Varied from cool-humid to warm-dry areas and forests

Diet:

Herbivores - Ground vegetation, buds and leaves on trees

Conservation Status:

Least concern
Facts

Fallow Deer Dama dama have a good sense of smell and hearing and have very good vision. They have multi-point antlers which distinguish them from all other deer.

They can lift their legs higher than any other species when they trot and they jump with all four feet in the air and carry their tails erect when fleeing. Fallow Deer will spend most of the year in single sex herds, only coming together in autumn for the annual rut. During mating season, the male Fallow Deer will engage in antler fights over a female. They have two different shades of colour, one in Summer and one in Winter.

 

Did you know?

The antlers are usually shed annually in April and the new ones are regrown and free of velvet by August, until the fifth or sixth year.