Fallow Deer

Latin Name Dama dama
Class Mammalia
Order Cetartiodactyla
Family Cervidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Grasslands and mixed woodland
Distribution Native to west Eurasia but introduced widely elsewhere

General Information

The male is a buck, the female a doe and the young a fawn which is born in late spring. They have a variety of 4 colours from nearly white to nearly black. The most common is chestnut with white spots these are more pronounced in the summer coat.

These large herds of deer are often spotted around the New Forest. They have a rather complicated history in the Uk but it has been believed for many years that the Normans introduced them into the UK for hunting in the royal forests.
Fallow deer are now widespread throughout the UK and Europe.

Fun Fact

A fallow buck’s antlers are called palmate or spoon antlers as they have a large flat area like a palm or spoon.

Keeper Notes

In the Deer Encounter there are three, friendly wild rescue fallow deer - all does.

Fleur, who arrived in 2017 - light coloured (menel) after being involved in a road traffic accident near Hythe, who needed care and a permanent home.

Peach, who arrived in 2018 – light coloured (menel) a wild rescue from Derbyshire, who joined us from our sister centre.

Spirit, who arrived in 2018 - dark coloured (melanistic) a wild rescue from Derbyshire, who joined us from our sister centre.

We also have a large herd that moved down from the Chestnut Centre in early 2018 and are enjoying our new paddocks behind the Bison field.