White-Tailed Deer "Desi & Ethel"

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Animal Summary

The zoo's two female white-tailed deer love their home next to the Little Manitowoc River. Lucy and Ethel were born and hand-raised at All About Antlers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The friendly Lucy and the aloof Ethel came to the zoo in 2009 when they were only a few months old.

  • Newborn white-tailed deer are spotted to help camouflage them in the surrounding forests and grasslands where they are born. They also lack a scent that protects them from predators.
  • White-tailed deer can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, leap distances of 30 feet and swim at a speed of 13 miles per hour.
  • Deer feet are hooves composed of two toes covered in keratin. Their eyes are situated on either side of their head for all-around vision.

The highly adaptable whit-tailed deer is widely distributed and is flourishing in the majority of their range.


White-tailed deer are prey to a variety of species and are hunted by man in a great part of their range.

Wisconsin Deer Hunters Association