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Ciervo del padre David

Scientific name:  Elaphurus Davidianus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:  Sabana
Diet:  Herbívoro
Weight:  150 - 200 kg
Size:  1,2 - 1,8 m
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Meet the Père David’s deer!

It was named after its discoverer, the French missionary and naturalist Armand David. The Chinese name (Su-Puh-Siang, "none of the four") refers to its resemblance to other animals. In ancient China, it was considered almost a mythical animal, the result of a fusion between deer, camel or horse, cow and donkey.

Discovered in 1865, it owes its survival to zoos. All the specimens of this species come from a herd that the Duke of Bedford kept in his private park at Woburn Abbey in England. The Duke’s herd included about twenty individuals that reproduced normally.

What are its habits?

The Père David's Deer is a gregarious species which, during rutting season, bellows and forms a harem, as well as becoming very territorial.

Only males have antlers, and they are a very curious shape compared to those of other deer: they seem to be placed upside down and with the tips backwards. Females usually give birth to two offspring.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


It is an extremely rare deer. There are currently about 2,000 specimens worldwide, descendants of a few families from the end of the 19th century.

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