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.
Genera in this family
Their distinctive vocalizations and sacred status in some cultures make them a truly unique and captivating species
The largest and heaviest deer family members
Medium-sized American deers
The greatest conservation success story –a species brought back from the brink of extinction and now thriving
Males drop their antlers before Christmas, but females keep their antlers until spring