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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 considered 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 and pair for breeding. Both males and females are highly territorial and mark their peripheral borders with dung piles

  • They are brown in color that helps them camouflage from their predators

  • Only male pudus grown small horn like structures that are antlers

  • Female pudu are sexually mature at 6 months of age

Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss, conversion to plantations,  agricultural practices, and logging trees for firewood.

  • Urbanization and attacks by invasive species such as dogs also has had a detrimental influence on their wild numbers

 

The pudu is the smallest deer in the world

 

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