Our guests can observe fallow deer at close quarters in a large field bounded by a fence. Because of their shovel-shaped antlers, they are also called shovel deer.
There are 15 animals in the herd and they can reach a height of one meter at the shoulder. At the age of three years the male deer (bucks) develop broad, palm like antlers and weigh between 60 and 100 kg. In the wild, these animals can reach an age of 14 years. The female deer (does) are smaller, do not have antlers and bear young once a year in early summer. They are flexible and lively; the bucks often fight each other and at a gallop they can reach a speed of 50 km/h.
Adult fallow deer have a white mottled coat. Historically, this species was native to most of Europe. Later, they were introduced to the Middle East. Today, fallow deer are also raised in North and South America. In their natural surroundings they feed on grass.
Near the tourist farm there are three churches that are worth visiting. We recommend a short half an hour walk to the Church of the Holy Mother of God on Gorca, which features a renovated Way of the Cross, to the St. Peters church in Malečnik, or to the St. Margaret church in Pernica.
Our neighbours keep horses, and the Protner tourist farm is a great starting point for cycling and hiking tours over the hilly Slovenske gorice. You can also go fishing in the nearby lakes or in the Drava River.
Also nearby, you can go sightseeing in Maribor to see the Old Vine, city centre, and city park. On the south side of the city you can take a cable car to the top of the Pohorje mountain. At the top there is a starting point for hiking trips or, in winter, cross-country skiing. Pohorje also features a world-class downhill skiing facility. Throughout the year you can visit one of the many local thermal spa centres. We also recommend visiting one of the cultural events, such as the Lent Festival or sports competitions, such as The Golden Fox World Cup skiing race for women that takes place in Maribor.
Because of the excellent highway connections, the Prekmurje region is not far away. We recommend paying a visit to one of the thermal spas located there.