Red Deer 1

Red deer

Scientific name: Cervus elaphus

 

The Red deer is the largest native land animal to be found in the UK.

Male Red deer are known as stags and females as does, their young are called fawns. A doe usually gives birth to one fawn each year but occasionally can have twins.

The coat is reddish brown in summer but becomes brown or grey in winter. Only stags have antlers which grow in the spring and shed in the winter. The males are larger in size than the females and have impressive branched antlers that can reach up to 1 meter in width. During the spring, a soft coating protects the new antler growth, this is called velvet.

Least Concern (Inc. Bar)
  1. We live...

    On the hill, left of the entrance, next to the Bison paddock.

  1. Size Fact

    Antlers are made of bone and grow 2.5 centimeters a day.

  2. Food Fact

    Their diet consists of shrubs, tree browse, grasses, sedges and rushes, as well as heather.

  3. Fun Fact

    Males have roaring contests during the mating season.

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