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Southern Pudu
Pudu puda

  • Habitat: Dense bamboo understory of temperate rain forests, from sea level to 5,500 feet
  • Range: Southern Chile and Argentina
  • Natural Diet: Fruits, vegetation, grasses
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED

They are regularly provided with structural enrichment that motivate them to display species typical behavior

Fun Facts

  • The southern pudu is the smallest deer in the world being a foot and half in height and almost 3 feet in length
  • Unlike other species of deer, pudus are generally solitary by nature. Both males and females are highly territorial and mark their peripheral borders with dung piles
  • They are brown in color which helps them camouflage them from their predators
  • Only male pudus grown small horn like structures that can be called antlers
  • Female pudu are sexually mature at 6 months of age

Southern pudu live in evergreen forests along the Chilean coastal range

Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • habitat loss, conversion of forests to plantations, faulty agricultural practices, logging trees for firewood.
  • Urbanization and attacks by invasive species such as dogs also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers



The pudu is the smallest deer in the world

Food puzzles are also used to motivate the pudu to display natural foraging and exploratory behavior

Animal residents are weighed regularly to monitor their health and welfare


Map Distributional range - southern pudu are found in the southern Andes mountains in Chile and Argentina in South America