The Chilean Huemul, also known as the South Andean deer, has a stocky, thick, and short-legged body. This animal lives at higher altitudes in the summer, then moves down the mountains in the fall, and spends the winter in forested valleys. Areas with fresh water are preferred. The Chilean Huemul feeds primarily on herbaceous plants and shrubs.
Huemules live in small groups of 2 to 3 animals; these groups are made up of a female and her young. Many animals live solitary lives.
The Huemul is a herbivore, and its diet is composed mostly of sedges and grasses found between the rocks on high peaks.
Endangered. This deer is now protected in 13 Chilean national parks, and has been on the Endangered list since 1976.
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