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For some time, the number of tufted deer in the wild has been steadily declining. To combat this, Diergaarde Blijdorp has dedicated itself to the conservation of this unique species. The Rotterdam zoo has been the coordinator of the European population management program for many years. Last week, Blijdorp welcomed a new fawn.

After a gestation period of about 6 months, the moment arrived. The small deer gave birth in the indoor enclosure, within view of the webcam. However, the mother managed to give birth just out of the camera's sight. Within minutes, the newborn fawn was standing on its hooves and nursing from its mother. With a height of up to 70 centimeters, the tufted deer is one of the smallest hoofed animals in the world. Males are recognizable by their long canines that protrude from the mouth.

Diergaarde Blijdorp is home to four tufted deer: three males and one female. Births are quite rare, so the Rotterdam zoo is delighted with the new addition. For now, the fawn will remain behind the scenes before being visible to the public.

Diergaarde Blijdorp works daily to protect numerous animals from extinction, including the tufted deer. By coordinating eight population management programs, the zoo contributes to species conservation and habitat restoration.