The national animal of Alanda Islands is the red deer. It is a ruminant and belongs to the carvidae family. The males are called stags while the females are called hinds. Its coat changes according to the season. During summer, the coat ranges from reddish brown to brown but during winter it changes from brown to grey. Its antlers can have up to 16 points. The one feature that distinguishes the national animal of Aland Islands is the angle between its brow tine and the main beam which is 90 degrees.
Alanda Islands’ national animal normally lives in parks, forests, woodlands, open moor and hills. In these areas, these animals are guaranteed of food and can also avoid getting into contact with their predators. They also have a technique of protecting themselves against predators. They can run so fast and in a zigzag manner. They are distributed throughout Scottish highlands, Dumfriesshire, Lake District, East Angila and South west of England. Their total population is approximated to be around 1.3 million in the wild (Wildlife resource distribution).
Facts about the National Animal of Aland Islands
- Common name: Red deer
- Scientific name: Cervus elaphus
- Average weight: male-90-190kgs. Female-63-120kgs.
- Average height: males 107-137cm; females107-122cm
- Gestation period: 201 days
- Habitat:Parks, forests, woodlands, open moor hills.
- Diet: Herbivores
The red deer is usually reddish brown in color during summer but turns brown in winter. Breeding usually occurs starting the end of September to November. The males fight for dominance by roaring, fighting and parallel walks. Stags under five years can be sexually mature but will only start mating when they are over 5 years old. This disciplined animal species is actually the national animal symbol of Aland Islands.
The antlers have been used in several traditional events, thus making the animal to be referred to as the national symbol of Aland Islands.
- “The red deer”-British deer society
- “National animal of Aland Islands”-Factacular.com
- “All about red deer”-Wikipedia