Père David's Deer

Pere Davids deer Pere David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus) only is known now in captivity, in the wild they were extinct in the 19th century. However, it has been reintroduced in Nan Haizi Milu Park, Beijing and Dafeng Reserve, Jiangsu Province in the 1980's. After the publication of his discovery, by father Armand David, working as a French missionary in China, the animals soon were extinct in the wild. The last remaining herd was in a preserve of the emperor and was eaten by Western and Japanese troops during the Boxer Rebellion. Before that, a small number of Père David's Deer was exported to England, were they were bred further. All living Pere David's deer come from this single herd. It is now classified as 'critically endangered'. The Père David's Deer is very fond of water, unlike other deer species... The Chinese gave it the name "sze pu shiang" which means "none of the four", as it has a tail of a donkey, a neck like a camel, antlers of a deer, and hooves of a cow, but it doesn't look like any of them...

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The Pere david's deer, père david's deer is listed as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Pere David
A young / baby of a Pere David is called a 'fawn or ass'. The females are called 'doe, hind or cow' and males 'buck, stag or bull'. A Pere David group is called a 'herd'.
Some facts about the
Pere David's deer

Adult weight : 186.5 kg (410.3 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 28 years

Female maturity :821 days

Male maturity : 1186 days

Gestation : 288 days

Weaning : 167 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 360 days

Weight at birth : 11 kg (24.2 lbs)

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