Tiniest Deer

Tiniest Deer Photo
The smallest deer in the world, the pudu, makes its home in Argentina and Chile. This especially tiny specimen is a doe, born at just 1 pound. Adult pudu weigh up to 20 pounds and stand 12–14 inches at the shoulder. Despite their small stature, they are excellent jumpers, sprinters, and climbers. Their defense strategy includes running in a zigzag pattern to escape predators, and barking when they sense danger.

Southern pudu are designated vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. WCS is working in the pudu’s range countries to grapple with habitat loss and other threats to wildlife.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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