Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was injured at birth and brought in from another wildlife facility. Due to his injury at birth, he cannot be released back into the wild. He is living out his life here, at Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary, where he is receiving excellent care alongside his enclosure companions Wentz (Wallaby) and Toby (black-tailed deer). This companionship fulfills all species’ instinctual need to be part of a social structure, either that of a herd (a group of deer) or of a mob (a group of wallabies) and keeps all three species at ease. The...

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Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was named after one of our volunteers who is a volunteer firefighter and has helped the foundation tremendously. California Fish and Wildlife brought him to us because he was illegally owned which lead to him being imprinted by humans. Imprinting is a biological phenomenon that occurs in mammals and birds when they are babies. In nature, young animals are raise by their mothers, developing a proper concept of their own identity. In captivity, this can develop with humans. When an animal is imprinted by humans they lose their natural...

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