Saturday, March 7, 2015

Red Deer

The red deer is one of the larger deer species and is found in much of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, Turkey, northern Iran, Iraq, much of the Stans (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), northern Afghanistan, northern India and northern Pakistan, Siberia, Mongolia, western and northern China and in the Atlas Mountains in northern Africa between Morocco and Tunisia. They have also been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
Red deer at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

The American elk or wapiti is a distinct species and is a little larger. The red deer is typically thought of as a distinct species but there are actually separate species and disputes as to how many.
In our recent visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, we saw quite a few red deer, which they identified as European red deer, and fed several of them. I was able to stroke one particular red deer's neck and feel its jaw and muzzle. It was a lot of fun and gives me a desire to see them in the wild.

1 comment:

  1. Such majestic animals that ate so tenderly from our outstretched palms. This was The Peaceable Kingdom.