The World of Deer

Deer information, history, and facts to help you understand this beautiful species and the role it plays in our ecosystem.

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As a trusted source of information about deer, we are regularly cited by news outlets, nonprofits, and top publications across the web.

Since 2005, WorldDeer.org has provided facts and information about the many species of deer found around the world, along with the history of this unique animal.

Today on this website you’ll find thoughtful, accurate articles that seek to explain deer behavior and the relationship between humans and deer, enhanced with stunning photographs of deer in the wild.

Read Our Latest Articles About Deer

If you’re looking for information about the biology and behavior of deer, or answers to common questions about deer, you can learn a lot about this unique species of ungulates on this website. Start here, or explore more of our articles.

How Deer See Tigers

How Deer See Tigers

It is no secret that deer perceive the world differently because of the unique limitations of their vision. After all, hunters wearing bright orange can be almost invisible to deer. Knowing this, you can’t help

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Learn About Different Types of Deer

There are many different types of deer, and our website has information about just about all of them. We invite you to check out a few of the most interesting deer species below, and continue to explore our website to learn more about the many different types of deer around the world.

Bornean Yellow Muntjac

Bornean Yellow Muntjac

Introduction to the Bornean Yellow Muntjac Have you ever heard of the Bornean Yellow Muntjac? It’s a fascinating deer species that calls the dense rainforests of Borneo its home. This elusive creature is known for

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Indian Sambar Deer

Indian Sambar Deer

The Indian Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor) is an impressive deer which is native to India, South China, and Souteastern Asia. Its impressive size and unique coloring make it a target for hunting. It is a

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Reeves Muntjac

Reeves Muntjac

The Reeves Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) is a common species of deer in southern China and Taiwan, though it has been brought to Japan and several locations in Europe as well.

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Philippine Deer

Philippine Deer

The Philippine Deer (Rusa marianna) goes by several different names. You may have heard it referred to as the Philippine Sambar or the Philippine Brown Deer.

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Philippine Spotted Deer

Philippine Spotted Deer

The Philippine Spotted Deer — also called the Visayan Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi) or Alfred’s Deer — is an endangered species endemic to the Philippine Islands. It lives on the Visayan island chain. This deer

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Key Deer

Key Deer

Key deer are a subspecies of whitetail deer. They can only be found in the Florida Keys, which is where they got their name. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this

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Basic Information About Deer

  • There are many different species of deer found around the world. All are hoofed ruminant mammals that collectively form the family Cervidae. In this family there are two primary groups: Cervinae (which includes North American Elk (Wapiti), Red Deer, and Fallow Deer), and Capreolinae (which includes species such as White-Tailed Deer, Roe Deer, Moose, and Reindeer).
  • Deer live and thrive in a variety of microclimates around the globe. Some species are right at home on the frozen Tundra, while others easily navigate the dense brush of tropical rainforests. While we typically associate forests with deer, most species prefer the areas of transition between thick forests and open grasslands. This is why there’s some evidence that logging actually benefits deer in some parts of the world, though they always require adequate forest and brush cover for populations to thrive.
  • Deer come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from the imposing Moose of North America (which can stand 8.5 feet tall and is the largest species of deer), to the tiny Northern Pudu of the Andes mountain range (which typically measures just 13-14 inches in height and is the smallest species of deer in the world).

Deer Hunting Articles

Are you a deer hunter, or do you want to learn more about how hunters work to find, shoot, and process these animals in the field? We’re expanding our site to include articles on topics of interest to readers who are hunters or who would like to learn more about deer hunting and tracking deer.

Where to Shoot a Deer With an Arrow

Where to Shoot a Deer with an Arrow

Bowhunting is a sport for experienced hunters. It requires more skill than hunting with a shotgun. It also requires a lot more training. If you’re bowhunting, it’s important that you know what you’re doing. The

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Best Deer Hunting Caliber

Best Deer Hunting Caliber

If you’re getting started as a deer hunter, you need to understand weapons and calibers. In fact, caliber is one of the most important considerations when it comes to effectively and humanely hunting deer. Let’s

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Deer Shot Placement Chart

Deer Shot Placement Chart

Shooting a deer the wrong way can cause undue pain and suffering to the animal, and it may mean you spend a long time tracking the injured deer through the woods (and have a long

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