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The European roe deer (lat.Capreólus capreólus), also known as a wild goat, is an artiodactyl mammal of the deer family. This graceful animal has become a totem in many cultures — it symbolizes beauty, chastity and love. But its main meaning is non-violence. 

The constitution of the body

The appearance of the goat is graceful, it combines the features of a red deer and a domestic goat. So, the body of a wild goat is proportional to the long and thin legs, and the back of the body is slightly higher and thicker than the front. In general, the roe deer gives the impression of a fragile and vulnerable creature — a fairy-tale character that can disappear as mysteriously as it appeared. A distinctive feature of the goat is its horns — they have a lyre-like shape.

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In the wild, the roe deer lives in mixed and deciduous forests and forest-steppes. In coniferous levas, they are rare, only if deciduous undergrowth grows in the coniferous forest. Roe deers avoid continuous forests, stick to forest edges and outskirts.

In the wild, the diet of wild roe deer consists of 900 plant species. More than half of the diet consists of the leaves of evergreen or deciduous trees; ¼ are trees, shrubs and semi-shrubs. Preference is given to easily digestible plant foods rich in nutrients, water, tannins and minerals, and vitamins. In winter, the roe deer can diversify its diet with mosses, lichens, ferns and mushrooms. In conditions of parks and reserves, the goat is kept throughout the inhabited world by people. The lifespan of European roe deer — in the wild up to 12 years, in the Park — up to 22 years.

The European roe deer in Animal Park

Roe deers fre the myth of our park. They rarely come close to the guests of our Park, so they will preserve the image formed about them by myths and fairy tales. So, visit us to observe our roe deer, maybe you will be able to debunk their old myth or come up with a new one!