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Fallow deer

Fallow deer

Homeland:
naturalized in large parts of Europe, after the last ice age only residual occurrences in Anatolia/Turkey
Food:
• Grass • Leaves
Habitat:
• Mixed deciduous forest • Grassland
enemies:
wolf, lynx
Activities:
Mainly active at dusk, phases of activity alternate with phases of rest during the course of the day
social structure:
Cows and their calves form herds. The deer live individually or form their own, less stable herds.
Already knew?
Fallow deer have been semi-domesticated for centuries. In addition to wild-colored animals, there are regularly particularly light to white, but also dark to black colored animals.

The fallow deer is at home in mixed and deciduous forests, in the lowlands and in the low mountain ranges. After the Ice Age destroyed it in Europe or pushed it south, it was successfully naturalized again in antiquity. The typical feature is the shovel that forms above the middle rung of the deer from the age of 5 years. The poles are shed each year after winter and rebuilt and enlarged over the summer. Also this year there was a lot of offspring among the fallow deer in the Steinwasen Park.