European Roe Deer

Latin Name Capreolus capreolus
Class Mammalia
Order Cetartiodactyla
Family Cervidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Grasslands and mixed woodland
Distribution Throughout Europe including the UK

General Information

The Roe deer is one of two deer species native to the UK, the other is the Red Deer - all other deer species have been introduced.

Feeding in the twilight hours on grass, shoots, leaves and berries, roe deer are unlikely to stray into a field that has livestock as it considers the grass is unclean for it’s consumption.

Roe deer can have up to 3 kids in May or June after a 9 months pregnancy which includes 4 months of no foetal growth followed by 5 months foetal growth i.e. delayed implantation.

Fun Fact

Roe deer almost always give birth to twins, this is unusual for a deer species, and therefore their babies are called ‘kids’ not fawns or calves.

Keeper Notes

In the Deer Encounter, we have one wild rescue roe deer doe; Barley, who arrived in 2017. They had been taken into local veterinary practices by members of the public as very young ‘kids’ and brought to us for care and a permanent, safe home.