We currently have a male deer calf in the rescue and rehabilitation program at ESB. He’s been doing so well that he will shortly be moved from the smaller enclosure – which we use to observe and care for him – into the larger enclosure (about 1 acre) – which is the last step before being released back into the wild.
We don’t expect that he’ll need to be in the large enclosure too long, since he’s currently very good with living off natural ground cover and flowers that grow near him. His body condition is fantastic; he actually has a little bit of a belly, which is ideal for releasing an animal, because they will probably lose some weight initially. He has a strong flight response, which is a survival essential for a deer. There are quite a few other deer who spend time in the elephant habitat, so we’ll let him out at the top of that area and wish him safe travels.