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.
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
30 – 80 kg (66 – 176 lb)
80 cm – 1 m (2.6 – 3.3 ft)
Forests, grasslands, mountains, scrublands and savannahs of western Europe.
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.