Pudú

Near threatened

Mr and Mrs Pudú are our lovely pudú couple


Scientific name : Pudu puda

Where do they live?

In temperate forests in the south of Chile and in the southwest of Argentina.

Did you know?

Due to its small size, it is not uncommon to see a pudú stand on its hind legs or sit on a fallen tree trunk to eat tall grass. It moves through the vegetation via a network of small paths and tunnels that connect to its feeding and resting areas.

Also called the southern pudú, it's the second smallest member of the Cervidae family, after the northern pudú that lives in Peru and Colombia. Despite its small size, the pudú is a territorial animal. They won't hesitate to fight other pudús to protect their territory that they mark with their scent. They mostly feed on the foliage of shrubs, weeds and algae. This discreet animal can be found at an elevation of 3200 m. It usually climbs to high altitudes to escape predators. Today, the pudú is mainly threatened by poaching, the modification of its territory and attacks by domesticated dogs.

Height

35 to 45 cm at the withers.

Antlers

Between 6 and 9 cm.

Weight

Between 6.5 and 13.5 kg.

Life expectancy

10 years in the wild, 17 years in captivity.

Gestation period

197 to 223 days.

Birth weight

Less than 1 kg.

Human-Animal Connection

The survival of this animal is vital to Chile. Pumas hunts the pudú for food. If it were to go extinct, the predator would have to find other prey among domestic herds. Pudús are hunted by humans for their fur and meat. They are also kept as pets. With capturing, hunting and deforestation, the number of individuals decreases more and more every year.