Pere David's Deer Elaphurus davidianus

Pere David's Deer stag
Pere David's Deer
Pere David's Deer is a large and strangely-shaped deer from a small area of northeast China. Over 4 feet tall at the shoulder, it is slightly taller than Red Deer. Named after French missionary Armand David, it is currently extinct in the wild but a re-introduction programme from stock from Woburn Abbey, England, is underway.
Pere David's Deer stag with antlers
Pere David's Deer stag
Pere David's Deer stag with antlers
The stag (above) has antlers and re-grows his antlers at least once and sometimes twice a year.
Pere David's Deer hind
Pere David's Deer hind
Pere David's Deer stag regrowing antlers
The hind (above left and centre) does not have antlers. Above right is a stag re-growing his antlers.
Pere David's Deer
Pere David's Deer hind
Pere David's Deer
Pere David's Deer has a reddish brown coat in the summer (above centre) and a greyer brown or fawn coat in winter (others above/below).
Pere David's Deer herd
Pere David's Deer
The dark bar on the back over the shoulder can be seen on the light coats of the herd.
Pere David's Deer
Pere David's Deer is water- and marsh-loving.