Did you know that St. Simons Island real estateÂ is dear to more than just humans?
According to a recent Florida Times Union article, itâ€™s also apparently quite popular with fallow deer too. Interestingly enough, the animalsâ€™ lineage may be traced back to 1927 and a certain New York City zoo.
Hereâ€™s the back story:
In 2009, the Journal of Wildlife Diseases reported that people working with the Bronx Zoo in the late 1920s helped send a half dozen fallow deer to neighboring Little St. Simons Island.
At the time, the island was owned by a NYC family led by Philip Berolzheimer, who was New York Cityâ€™s Commissioner of Parks and an avid hunter. He also happened to be a well respected member of a wooden pencil dynasty and a serious patron of the arts.Â He and his family ultimately used the area as a private hunting retreat well into the 1930s.
Later, he began marketing the island to people in search of hunting focused vacations. So it is assumed that he initially imported the deer in the hopes of improving the hunting grounds for his family and paid visitors.
Legend has it that the descendents of Berolzheimerâ€™s imported deer eventually swam over to St. Simons Island real estate in search of food and established themselves there as well. And itâ€™s not a far-fetched assumption either.
Wildlife experts widely agree that fallow deer swimming skills are quite impressive.Â So much so, that it is not uncommon for the beautiful creatures to swim more than a mile at a time without stopping for a rest. They are also quite adept at reproduction and establishing themselves in a variety of different environments.
As such, St. Simons Island real estate owners now get to enjoy looking at the animals as they go about taking care of their daily business.
To learn more about St. Simons Island real estateâ€™s four-legged residents and how you may purchase a home in their mist, please contact DeLoach Sotheby’s International RealtyÂ today.