Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Fallow Deer

These impressive deer come in a variety of colours, from red, black to brown and even white, their coats often spotted white. They are by nature shy, and in the ther natural habitat, live in forest. They are mainly active at dusk and dawn, usually resting during the day. As herbivores, they eat a variety of vegetation, mostly grasses, but also herbs, shrubs, and bark.

Originating in Eurasia, they have become integrated in ecosystem across Europe. They have been introduced to numerous other countries, among them Argentina, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, and are able to adapt to a range of climates.

Fallow deer roam in groups and are quite social among themselves. However, males come together with females only during breeding season. The rest of the year, females and fawns form a separate group within the herd.

They are polygynous, one adult mating with many females during one mating season, and fights among males are common during this time. Following birth and until the fawn is 3 to 4 weeks old, a mother will hide her young in densely vegetated spots for protection, returning to it during the day only to nurse it.

Fallow Deer have been introduced to Australia in the mid-19th century and can be found in all the eastern states of the continent.