Zookeeper Report – Deer Forest

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Beware of Males and Antlers

Beware of Males and Antlers

We are in that time of year again when the male deer start to get antsy as the mating “rut” season is approaching.  For your safety and the safety of the deer, we will be moving the male deer into a temporary exhibit.  The females and young will be in Deer Forest where you can walk among and feed these beautiful creatures.  It does take some time to move these animals so if you see a male or two, don’t worry and just be aware of their antlers!  You also may notice that the antlers may have blood on them.  This is because they will be shedding their velvet, this is perfectly normal and healthy.  Our Elk may also be rubbing their racks too!  It is a very exciting time for these animals and we are happy to share them with you, just use caution when approaching the deer!

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