Southern Pudu

PUDU PUDA

The Brandywine Zoo has two southern pudu; a mother-daughter pair. Chole, the mother, was born 7/28/2018, and Clover, the daughter, was born 5/22/2020. The pair came to the Brandywine Zoo in April of 2021 from the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida. There’s no easy way to tell them apart: Clover is only 1 year old, but she is already fully grown and the same size as her mother, Chloe!

Threats & Conservation

Pudu are under threat from habitat destruction from timber and agriculture deforestation, being hunted for food and being taken from the wild to be sold as pets. Over 90% of former pudu habitat in Chile has been lost, and loose dogs often hunt and kill pudu.

Fun Facts

At 15-30 pounds, the southern pudu is the second smallest deer species! The only smaller species is a close relative, the northern pudu, which only weighs about 7 to 14 pounds!

It’s believed there are fewer than 10,000 southern pudu in the wild, and there are less than 200 in zoos around the world.

Like other deer, male southern pudu will grow and shed their antlers every year. These antlers grow to be about 3 inches long.

Like many deer, southern pudu fawns have white spots when they are born, but they fade after a few months.