Pudu Puda

Endangered Animals of South America

Description

The Southern Pudu or Pudu Puda, is the world's smallest specie of deer. Their fur is brown and have white spots going down their back. Pudus only grow 32-44 cm. tall and up to 85 cm. long. They have short and skinny legs but have a chubby body when full grown. Males will grow antlers from 32-44 cm. long.(RL)


Critical Info

Pudus are becoming endangered the same way all other endangered animals are, because of humans. People are destroying their habitats for resources like wood. Also humans are letting their dogs hunt them. The Pudus have to compete for food against livestock and deer too. Many Pudus are also run over on the highways built into their natural habitats. There is a law stating the hunting of Pudus are illegal but they are still being hunted. At the Concepion University in Chile people are breeding them and the Pudus are being introduced to national parks which are safer than the forests they live in.(RL)

Food Chain

Habitat

Pudu are native to Argentina and Chile, they live in dense forests. They are soon being introduced to national parks too.(RL)

Adaptations

Pudus have few adaptations but one is the body proportions, they have chubby bodies but have skinny legs to help run through bushes. Also their dark colors camouflage them in the dense forest.(RL)
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