Hand-rearing Roe deer Capreolus capreolus: Practice and research potential

A. Wallach, M. Inbar, R. Lambert, S. Cohen, U. Shanas

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Four ♀ Roe deer Capreolus capreolus were hand-reared and released into a 10 ha enclosed natural habitat. This paper describes the hand-rearing procedure, nutrition and development, which we compare with other documented cases. We illustrate the handling techniques that enabled us to maintain a close relationship with the hand-reared Roe deer in their adulthood and study them under semi-free-ranging conditions. The benefits of conducting research with hand-reared Roe deer are described, together with possible biases that must be taken into consideration when planning a research programme. The Roe deer were hand-reared in order to conduct a detailed feasibility study for the Roe deer reintroduction programme in Israel, where they have been locally extinct for 100 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Zoo Yearbook
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Development
  • Fawns
  • Feasibility study
  • Free-ranging
  • Hand-rearing
  • Israel
  • Nutrition
  • Reintroduction
  • Roe deer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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