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Roe Deer Wildlife Area

Faunistic area of the roe deer
Faunistic area of the roe deer

Locality of Colle Druni
03010 Trevi nel Lazio (FR)

Municipality: Trevi nel Lazio Region: Lazio

Tel. 0774/827219-21
E-mail: promozione.sviluppo@simbruini.it

The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is the smallest Italian member of the Cervidae family. It weighs between the 15 and 27 kilos, and the female weighs less than the male. It is about 90-130 cm long, the height at withers is 60-70 cm. Its unmistakable aspect is characterized by a dark snout and by the anal section standing out against the mantle, which in the adults it is gray in winter and tawny-reddish in summer.

During the winter it is possible to distinguish males from females thanks to the differences of the anal section, bean-shaped in the male and upside-down heart-shaped in the female. The new-born roe deer have a mimetic brown color with white spots on the flanks. Only males have two antlers made of bony tissue that are replaced every year. The original distribution of the roe deer in Italy involved the whole peninsula, but the lack of conservation strategies in the first half of the latest century led it to the brink of extinction because of the hunting pressure and the reduction of its ideal habitat.
Since the 1960s, the abandonment of the mountains by the rural populations, with the consequent reduction of wild grazing and high-mountain cultivations, the establishment of protected areas, and a greater sensitization also among the hunting groups have enabled the return of conditions suitable for the species. Today, starting from the alpine area, together with several reintroduction activities, the roe deer is repopulating the spaces from where it had been excluded.
The wildlife area covers about 3 hectares, it was established in 2008 in the locality of Colle Druni in Trevi nel Lazio, with the introduction of 3 roe deers coming from an enclosure (Spoleto Mountain Community), that were born and grew in semi-captivity conditions.
Nowadays there are only four specimens as a result of the poisoning of five animals occurred in December, 2010. The animals have been provided with a tracking collar for both safety and didactic purposes. By the wildlife area several didactic visits are organized, and radio-tracking techniques are shown to explain how the released deers are monitored.
The animals live in semi-freedom conditions, and they are mainly fed in winter with hay and barley.

Further info

Opening times:

The best moment to catch sight of the animals is late afternoon or early morning. Guided visits to the wildlife area are carried out by previous booking at the Park Communication Office (promozione.sviluppo@simbruini.it). 

For further information please call the Park Communication Office from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm: +39 0774 827221.

Fee: €3,00 per person

Free for children under 6


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