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Chilean Pudu

Pudu puda

Pudus are the smallest deer in the world. The Chilean, or southern pudu is only around 40cm tall at shoulder height!

measurements

Measurements

Size: Shoulder height – 35 - 38cm, Antler length – 7 - 10cm
Weight: 6 - 8kg

habitat

Habitat

Chilean pudu are found in the lower Andes of Chile and Peru. They live in dense forests with thick undergrowth to provide cover from predators.

diet

Diet

Pudus are browsers, selectively feeding on leaves, buds, fruits and berries.

behaviour

Breeding

Females give birth in the summer after a pregnancy of 7 months. The fawn has a spotted coat and weighs less than 1kg but is fully grown within 3 months.

threat

Conservation

Chilean pudu are threatened in the wild by deforestation and competition with domestic and invasive species such as wild boar. They are however found in many protected areas and there is a successful breeding programme in zoos.

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