Cervidae – Deers

The family of the Rudolph and Bambi! Their antlers are replaced annually, and they never grow out of style

Deers are possibly the most elegant family of this order, inhabiting various habitats, from the icy forests of the Northern hemisphere to the tropical forests of India. This family includes the moose, elk, and the Northern pudu of the South American Andes, which only grow as tall as a standard ruler.

Antlers are usually found on male deer and grow faster than any other organ in the animal kingdom. During the mating season, bucks duel competitively and display their antlers in the hope of winning a mate. In the deer world, large antlers are synonymous with fitness and fertility because they require much more energy to grow.