The Kerry Deer Society formed in 1970, following growing concerns about the possible extinction of Red Deer in the Killarney National Park.
The newly formed Society met the then Park Management and Department Officials to express their fears and a management plan was drawn up and put into operation.
With the combined efforts of the Kerry Deer Society and the Park Rangers the herd numbers have now come back to a respectable 650 (approx.) between mountain and woodland areas.
Conservation measures now in operation include the translocation of some of the Killarney Red Deer to Innishvickillane Island off the Kerry coast and to the Connemara National Park.
Stock would be available from these herds to restock if hybridisation or disease should occur in the Killarney area.
“Muckross House in the centre of the National Park is a great tourist attraction but is only bricks and stone and if it were knocked down tomorrow it could be rebuilt, but nothing could replace the native Red Deer if they were to go.”
(Danny Cronin, founding member of the Kerry Deer Society.)
Through out the calendar year the Kerry Deer Society hosts walks and photography outings for members of the public with the main emphasis on the Low Land and Up Land walks occurring in October. These guided walks have attracted people from across the globe and continue to raise awareness for the protection and correct management of our
The Kerry Deer Society is affiliated to the Irish Deer Society and new members are always welcome and please do not hesitate to contact us directly or through the Irish Deer Society.
You can help to protect our heritage for the future by obeying the any notices in relation to deer management in the National Park and outside.
Kerry Deer Society: 064 6633049
NPWS Main Office: 064 6631440
NPWS Ranger Base: 064 6635215
NPWS Email – firstname.lastname@example.org