A tiny male Pudu, weighing in at only 1 pound and measuring 6 x 6 inches was born on May 12th at Queens Zoo in New York City. Pudu are the world’s smallest species of deer and the zoo now boasts having three. The fawn is still nursing but will soon be on a vegetarian diet of leaves, hay, kale, carrots, and grains.
In the wild, pudu live in South America, generally in southern Chile and Aregentina. They can also be found in the foothills of the Andes.
Pudu are an increasingly rare animal to find in the wild. They are, like many animals all over the world, listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Redlist. There has been a steady decline of the wild pudu populations; about 10% per generation. This decline is due to habitat destruction and persecution by hunting dogs. The decline is expected to remain the same, meaning they could be gone in just a few more generations.
In the meantime, the Queens Zoo welcomes this new addition. Maybe one day if humanity ever gets its act together, this pudu fawn will play a crucial role in their repopulation.
For more information, visit queenszoo.com.