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Animal Corner–Elk

Elk are also known as wapiti. This is the Native American word for “light-colored deer.” They can live between eight to twelve years. A group of them is called a gang, and they are herbivores who mostly eat grass, foliage, and wood. Only males grow antlers. Females do not have antlers, like the one pictured above.  While elk and deer are related, they are not exactly the same animals. They…

Animal Corner – Axis Deer

[caption id="attachment_2654" align="alignleft" width="300"] Credit: Eisenberg[/caption] The Chital, also known as the Axis deer,  are a deer species indigenous to regions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This deer is most prevalent in Indian forests, where they feed on tall grasses, branches, shrubs and even fruit that has fallen thanks to monkeys in the trees. A male can weigh up to 165 pounds and stand up to 35 inches…

Animal Corner – Père David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_2518" align="alignleft" width="212"] Credit - Diver Dave[/caption] Deer may seem pretty boring but first glances can be deceiving. This is certainly the case with the Père David's Deer.   "Père" is the French word for "Father," which might seem an odd name for  a deer, but this species was actually first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. Père David's Deer have odd features, combining…

Animal Corner — Pere David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Airwolfhound[/caption] Pere David's Deer were first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. In fact, "Pere" is the French word for "Father," hence the name! What made the deer species stand out was its unique features: cow-like hooves, camel-like neck, donkey-esque black tufted tail and deer antlers. They are also known for the males' antlers, where the main beam…