Scientific Name: Pudu puda
Status: Near Threatened (IUCN)
Habitat: temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile; evergreen and deciduous woodlands from sea level to about 5,500 ft., usually near water
Diet: This herbivore eats fruits, vegetation, succulent sprouts, with some favorites seeming to be ferns, vines, shrubs, and leaves of small trees.
Height: 24–29 inches at the shoulder
Length: Up to 33 inches.
Weight: Up to 24 pounds.
In addition to being the world’s smallest deer species, the pudu is also generally solitary with individuals only joining during mating season. So, it can be difficult to find these animals in their forest habitat. As a result, little is known about them. Their tracks are most often found singly or in pairs.
Twilight is the portion of the day when it is light out, but the sun is below the horizon—having just set or about to rise. Morning twilight is often called dawn, while the evening is also known as dusk. Pudus are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dusk and dawn.