How many species are there in the deer family?

       The deer is a symbol of meekness and gentleness. In the Indian cultural scenario, the deer has an iconic value as many of our myths and legends are associated with this beautiful animal. The deer family is known as Cervidae. There are about 47 species in the family.

      Deer are indigenous to all continents, except Australia and Antarctica. There is great diversity in the Cervidae family in terms of physical attributes. Cervids are herbivorous animals, and their diet consists of mainly grass, small shrubs and leaves. However, caribou or reindeer eat lichen and moss.

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