Conservation Connection

Although fallow deer populations are generally stable, in Turkey, where they originate, the deer are in trouble. Only one population remains. Strong anti-poaching measures, captive breeding and reintroductions will be needed for them to survive.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Important Facts

Native populations in trouble

Most introduced populations are stable, but in their native range of Turkey, the species has suffered major declines – only one population remains.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Dama dama

Weight

30 – 80 kg (66 – 176 lb)

Height

80 cm – 1 m (2.6 – 3.3 ft)

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Habitat

Forests, grasslands, mountains, scrublands and savannahs of western Europe.

Diet

Omnivore. Fallow deer eat grasses, herbs and leaves in the early morning and late afternoon. They get most of the water they need from the food they eat and rarely drink.