Experience the rut in the heart of the countryside
The following morning, set off again in the early light for a new walking safari.
A few steps away, a majestic stag is resting in the midst of a dozen hinds. The hinds are only in heat for between 12 and 24 hours per year. In order to seduce these ladies in this extremely short time span, our stag is full of ideas: he sharpens his antlers to appear even more handsome, he sprays himself with his own urine and sperm, and lastly, he bellows to intimidate the other males, and also to attract the attention of the females.
Suddenly, a new harem of hinds arrives. Further back, a young stag tries in vain to hold on to them, but he is quickly discouraged by the powerful bellow of our majestic stag. Shamefaced he returns to the woods.
It is not unusual to witness such countryside scenes in the Monts d’Azur Reserve. The animals enjoy natural living conditions in this haven of peace.
Rutting season visits also offer a safari by horse-drawn carriage: the opportunity to see the animals from even closer, while enjoying the many pointers from the guide.
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