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Red Deer

Cervus elaphus

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Fact File

Average size

1.1-1.5 metres tall



Litter size

Single fawn at a time

life span

10-15 years

Red deer are majestic and iconic members of the deer family, known for their impressive antlers and rich reddish-brown coats.


They inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and mountainous regions, where they graze on a diverse diet of grasses, herbs, and shrubs. Red deer live in social groups, with males (stags) establishing dominance hierarchies during the breeding season, known as the rut, when they compete for access to females (hinds).

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Did you know?!

Red deer can run up to 40 miles an hour allowing them to evade predators such as wolves.

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