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Queens Zoo welcomes world’s smallest deer again


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Photos by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

The Queens Zoo is once again hearing the pitter patter of tiny hooves.

On May 12, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park facility welcomed another southern pudu — the world’s smallest deer species.

The newborn male brings the number of pudu on exhibit at the Queens Zoo to three. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), this is the third year in a row that the same pair has successfully raised a fawn.

The fawn is still nursing but will soon be eating fresh leaves, grain, kale carrots and hay. As the deer grows up, its white spots will also fade.

Once it stops growing, the pudu will be 12 to 14 inches at its shoulder and weigh as much as 20 pounds.

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Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudu make up for their small stature in other ways, according to the WCS. They bark when they sense danger, can climb fallen trees and when chased by predators, including owls, foxes, pumas and small cuts, run in a zig-zag pattern.

Pudu also tend to be shy, solitary animals, preferring to hide in thick vegetation.

The Queens Zoo breeds the southern pudu, which are designated “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as part of the Species Survival Program. The cooperative breeding program was created to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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One-pound pudu, world’s smallest deer species, born at Queens Zoo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

It’s a girl!

The Queens Zoo recently welcomed a new edition—a southern pudu, the world’s smallest deer species.

Born on April 29, the female fawn weighed one pound at birth, and can reach 20 pounds and around 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder as an adult, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. It is still nursing, but will soon transition to a diet of fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay.

Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudu make up for their small stature in other ways, according to the WCS. They bark when they sense danger, can climb fallen trees and when chased by predators run in a zig-zag pattern.

Last summer, another southern pudu, also weighing about one pound at birth, was born at the zoo.

The Queens Zoo breeds pudu, which are designated “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as part of the Species Survival Program.  The cooperative breeding program was created to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 

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World’s smallest deer born at Queens Zoo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of WCS/Julie Larsen Maher

The Queens Zoo recently welcomed a new edition, an endangered southern pudu—the world’s smallest deer.

Weighing one pound at birth, the yet-to-be-named doe is still nursing, but will soon start eating fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Once it stops growing, it will be 12 to 14 inches at its shoulder and weigh as much as 20 pounds.

Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudu make up for their small stature in other ways, according to the WCS. They bark when they sense danger, can climb fallen trees and when chased by predators run in a zig-zag pattern.

 

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