Fallow Deer

Our Fallow Deer, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Fallow Deer (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Fallow Deer Facts
Fallow Deer
Cervus dama

Type
Mammal
Life Span
15 years
Size
35 inches tall
Average Weight
82-225 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
6-20
Name of Young
Fawn

Our Fallow Deer, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Fallow deer have spotted coats even as adults. The spots of some Fallow Deer fade in the winter and darken in the summer. This may be for more effective camouflage
  • Only males grow antlers. They are covered in a substance called “velvet” which protects the veins that supply blood to the antlers. They drop their antlers in the spring and grow a new pair in the summer, and may reach 3 feet long. Antlers get larger each year until the male is sexually mature.
  • Their breeding season is called the “Rut”. During this time males fight each other for control over the females in the herd. The fighting between males assures the fawns’ genetic quality.
  • Females have a gestation period of 7.5 months. They usually only have one fawn at a time, but on rare occasions, they may have twins.

Did You Know?

Fallow deer rarely drink water. They get most of the water they need from the dew and moisture in plants. They can be observed eating any time of day, but mainly feed around dawn and late afternoon.