Endangered Beauty

key deer

When an art group I am part of recently posted the challenge to draw something indigenous my choice was easy. Although Florida is home to many native beauties, by far my favorite is the Key Deer.

Residing on islands in the lower Florida Keys, these white tailed deer are the smallest of the race in North America.

It is recorded that they are on 26 islands between Spanish Harbor Bridge and Boca Chica and they swim between the islands.

It has been said they were isolated to these islands thousands of years ago when the sea level rose when the last glaciers melted.

Sadly due to over hunting of this beautiful endangered species, there are only an estimated 700-800 still surviving today.

I was blessed to witness these beautiful creatures as a child who spent many weekends in the Keys visiting my father.

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