Deer and Elk

Our Deer & Elk

Please Note

 If the temperature reaches 94 degrees or higher (including the heat index) we will NOT have wagon rides. Keep this in mind as you may need to come earlier in the day to get on a wagon. If in doubt, just give us a call anytime!

Drive Through Pricing

Cash or NC check No Debit or Credit Cards Adult $15.00 Children (2-11) $11.00 Seniors (60+) $11.00 Feed $3.00 (64oz bucket) Drive Through: Open everyday! Feeding from the car is OPEN! Walk Through: Open everyday with the exception of a few smaller bird exhibits.

Wagon Ride Pricing

Cash or NC check No Debit or Credit Cards Call for Reservations Adult-$21.00 Children (2-11) -15.00 Seniors (60+) -$15.00 Price includes admission Monday - Friday: Call to make a reservation at 704-663-5100 Saturday - Sundays: Wagons are first come, first serve from 9am-4pm on Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sunday.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 9am until one hour before sunset, arrive by 5pm Sunday 12pm until one hour before sunset, arrive by 5pm

Deer & Elk Facts

Deer are the hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. Male deer of most species grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned antelope. The elk (wapiti) is one of the largest deer species with the exception of the moose.

Fallow Deer

Scientific Name: Dama dama

Range: Europe, Asia Minor, Iran: Introduced to Australia and New Zealand
Height: 36-40 inches at shoulder
Weight: Males: 138-227 lbs. / Females: 64-119 lbs.
Life Span: 11-15 Years

Fallow deer have been senses of smell, sight and hearing that help the deer find and defend food. There are many color varieties of Fallow deer such as black, chocolate brown, spotted and white Bucks develop “spike” antlers beginning in their first year. The following years they grow antlers with broad, palmate areas that measure 3 1/2 to 10 inches in width. Fallow deer have a definite mating period of four to six weeks that can occur from the middle of March through the end of May depending on climate and feed conditions. During the rutting period, stags are very vocal. This makes them a lot easier to locate. See if you can hear The Lazy 5’s Fallow deer.

Fallow Deer

Japanese Sika Deer

Japanese Sika Deer

Scientific Name: Cervus nippon

Range: Asia and Japan
Height: 3-5 feet at shoulder
Weight: Males: 100-309 lbs. Females: 88-132 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 years

There are nine subspecies of Sika deer which are all now considered to be extinct in the wild. Sika deer are less social than most other deer species and isolated individuals are seen about as often as small groups. Sika deer are highly vocal, and more than 10 different sounds have been recorded ranging from softest whistles between females to loud screams by males. The main rut season for Sika deer occurs between September and October. Sika deer are amazingly hardy animals. They thrive even in winter with scarce food. Feel free to feed the Sika here at the Lazy 5 all you want!

Axis Deer

Scientific name: Cervus axis

Habitat: Foothills of the Himalayas through most of India to Ceylon
Height: 29-39.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 145-250 lbs.
Life Span: 22 years

The Axis deer is also known as the Chital deer, which means spotted in Hindustani. This is very fitting to an animal who retains its spots throughout its life. Axis deer are often considered the most beautiful member of the Cervidae family. Besides their distinct beauty, several characteristics distinguish Axis from other type of deer. They do not have specific rut season. This means no matter what the time of year you visit us, you may see some bucks in hard horn and some in velvet. This also means fawns can be seen at the Lazy 5 year round.

Axis Deer

Rocky Mountain Elk

Rocky Mountain Elk

Scientific Name: Cervus elephus

Range: Southern Canada, the Rockies and the Central Valley of California
Height: 54-60 inches at shoulder
Weight: Males: 600-1,089 lbs. / Females: 450-650 lbs.
Gestation: 249-262

The Elk is often called “Wapiti” , a Shawnee Indian word meaning “”White Rump”. Elk are known to be great jumpers and are similar in appearance to antelope. Females are smaller than males and do not grow antlers. Males utter long pleasant yodeling sounds during rut between September and November. Antlers grow during the summer and are shed in late winter. The racks can grow an inch per day up to a height of 4 feet from top to base, a width of 5 feet and weigh up to 40 lbs. There were an estimated 10 million elk in North America before Europeans arrived. By 1907, there were less than 100,000. Today there are about 1 million wild elk living in 24 states and Canadian Provinces.

What others are saying

"Exceeded all expectations. Get there right at opening time to avoid long lines on weekends. Animals are funny and friendly. If you are thinking about going, bring a blanket to cover up your floor/seats from the feed and some hand wipes for after!”
Amanda M
“I love this place! You can feed the animals, drive slowly. We enjoy riding in the back of a pick-up truck. We saw baby animals even in July. It's often busy, but worth going. In my opinion the animals are well taken care of.”
Cello Pam
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