Project Description

(Dama dama)

Also in the deer family, Cervidae, Fallow Deer were originally native to Europe. Due to introductions, they may now be found in South America, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Peru, and countries in northern Africa. Male Fallow Deer are known as bucks and grow and shed antlers every year. Males only produce full antlers after they have reached 2 years of age. There are many color variations in Fallow Deer, with the four main variants being: common (brown coat with white spots and a black stripe on the tail), menil (no black appearing on tail, spots are more distinct), melanistic (all-black coat with no spots), and leucistic (all-white fur, no spots, but not albino).

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Europe, Australia, New Zealand

Weight: 66 - 330 lbs

Size: 33 - 37 inches tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: 12 - 16 years

Diet: Grazing animals - fallow deer will feed on grasses, bark, berries, shrubs, roots, and more.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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