Sika & Fallow Deer
Directly by the park entrance, white and black fallow deer share a large enclosure with a pair of emu. The sika and fallow deer can be seen in the contact enclosure at the wildlife park during a family nature outing.
The white and black fallow deer belong to the family of deer. They stand out due to their bright or dark coats. The males are called fallow deer and the females, does. Fallow deer are significantly smaller than the red deer. Only the males have antlers which are shovel-shaped, about 55 cm long and weigh two kilos. In older males, these can weigh up to four kilos.The fallow deer’s coat changes during the course of the year in the contact enclosure. In summer, it is a light rusty-brown and bears rows of white dots. This pattern extends from the neck to just before the hind legs.
The Sika deer belongs to the subfamily of real deer within the family of deer, to which the fallow deer also belong. There are great similarities in appearance (size, summer coat) between sika and fallow deer, however, a “capital” sika deer has eight-ended antlers and no spades.
The deer like sparse forests with large meadows. Ideal is a mixture of forest, meadows and fields. In the forest, the animals find protection and cover and, in the meadows and fields, food.
The animals feed on grass and leaves, they also bite the bark off trees.