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Key Deer Facts
and Information

One of the world's most endangered animals is the Key deer, nature's smallest version of the white-tailed deer. These animals, which weigh no more than a large dog, have a population almost as tiny as their size.

An estimated 700 to 800 animals remain, surviving on a handful of landfalls in the lower Florida Keys. This is a huge population increase from several years ago when only 200-400 were thought to inhabit the Keys.

Key deer are amazingly visible year-round, but August is an exceptional month. (Where to see Key deer)

No matter how hot it is, you don't need to venture out into the 90-degree plus temperatures to witness any of this. The deer readily present themselves along the side of the road and usually pay little attention to cars that stop to observe them.

This lack of fear poses one of the greatest threats to the herd's welfare. An average of one deer a week is killed by a car on Big Pine Key, headquarters of the National Key Deer Refuge.

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