Red Deer

They are the largest of the UK's resident deer species.


Throughout the year, they will forage in different areas. In Europe, Red Deer is the largest non-domesticated mammal still existing in some countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland. During the rut, stags have a distinctive roar-like sound to keep them together and it is this roar that attracts the females.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Cervidae
Diet:
Grasses and dwarf shrubs, such as heather. Browse on trees, willows, aspen and rowan
Life Span:
10 - 15 years wild | 20 years captivity
Distribution:
South western Asia, North Africa and Europe & UK
Did you know?
Antlers have up to 16 points, which are made of bone, covered in 'velvet' and can grow 2.5cm a day!

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