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Pudu Deer in Chile

The world's tiniest deer are found in small numbers in dense Chilean forests—such a wildlife encounter is a rare blessing

Pudu Deer
Pudu Deer
Pudu Deer

Chile is home to the smallest deer species found in the world. Its name is Chilean or Southern Pudú. They are found in Lower Andes, a famed natural habitat in Chile is the lush Valdivian rainforest in Chiloé Island. The population is extremely few, so the elusive miniature deer is rarely spotted in the wild. Yet if you are really passionate about such a wildlife encounter and have a plenty of time, you might hide among the woods and wait until a cute deer eventually​ reveals itself.

Of course, pudus are also observable in zoos, which operate year-round. In November to December, the tiny pudu fawns are born, so Chilean summer might be the best time to observe the most outstanding species of local fauna.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin