Pudu Deer, Pudu pudu, Chiloe Island, Chile

Pudu Deer, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Peering intently from the cover of its dense habitat in the lush Valdivian temperate rainforest of Chiloe Island in Chile’s Lake District, a female Pudu Deer, Pudu pudu pauses briefly to check on us while grazing. Second smallest deer in the world, legal protection has stopped a century of hunting, but it is still severely threatened due to sustained loss of habitat and predation by feral dogs.

Pudu Deer, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Pudu Deer, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions