Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer are native to western Eurasia. They have been introduced to 38 other countries including Canada. Their name comes from the pale brown colour of their hide. Unlike other deer species they do not lose the white spots which are present at birth.

They are medium sized deer with a shoulder height of 0.9 – 1 m (2.9 – 3.3 ft) and a weight for males of 46 – 80 kg (100 – 175 lb). The males develop distinctive palmate shaped, multi pointed antlers which are shed every year about April.

These deer prefer old deciduous forest interspersed with grassy areas. Much of their diet is grass.

Fallow Deer @ Safari Niagara

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodoctyla
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Dama
Species: Dama dama

Did you know?

  • During most of the year Fallow Deer congregate in single sex groups. They dome together during the breeding season known as “the rut”
  • Females usually give birth to only one young.