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Southern Pudu
Pudu puda

  • Habitat: Dense bamboo understory of temperate rain forests, from sea level to 5,500 feet
  • Range: Southern Chile and Argentina
  • Natural Diet: Fruits, vegetation, grasses
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED

 

Fun Facts

  • The southern pudu is the smallest deer in the world being a foot and half in height and almost 3 feet in length
  • Unlike other species of deer, pudus are generally solitary by nature. Both males and females are highly territorial and mark their peripheral borders with dung piles
  • They are brown in color which helps them camouflage them from their predators
  • Only male pudus grown small horn like structures that can be called antlers
  • Female pudu are sexually mature at 6 months of age

 

Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • habitat loss, conversion of forests to plantations, faulty agricultural practices, logging trees for firewood.
  • Urbanization and attacks by invasive species such as dogs also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers

 

Southren Pudu 

The pudu is the smallest deer in the world

 

Map Distributional range - southern pudu are found in the southern Andes mountains in Chile and Argentina in South America