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Zoo Buddy: White-Tailed Deer

Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 11:40 AM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - We’re at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo doing our Zoo Buddy segment with Lisa Taylor again today, January 12th, 2021.

This week, we’re meeting the white-tailed deer in the zoo’s Louisiana Purchase Exhibit.

“So we have these beautiful deer here and we have a buck and three does,” says Taylor. “[They] are native to Louisiana and actually native to North America. They’re pretty abundant, pretty much found in almost probably every state but two in the United States. And they’re the smallest of the deer believe it or not. They are known for their beautiful white tails, which they will, if they feel threatened or scared, they will throw their tail up in the air and wag it back and forth and go get out of the danger area.”

Taylor says many of their deer in the exhibit are from Northeast Louisiana.

“The bucks are the males, and our buck here was actually bottle-fed,” says Taylor. “He was brought to us by wildlife and fishery and he was a native to Ouachita Parish, so this is a Ouachita Parish deer, and he’s six years old.”

She says white-tailed deer are one of the most abundant mammals in North America.

“And like I said, they are a food source for a lot of people in Louisiana, and they almost were extinct at one time,” says Taylor. “But thanks to Wildlife and Fisheries, you know making rules and regulations on hunting and bringing back their forest and their habitats, they’re able to be abundant again.”

You can visit the white-tailed deer at the zoo every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can visit their website here or call them at (318) 329-2400 for more information.

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