Père David's deer

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Père David's deer
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Sub-class Theriiformes
Infra-class Holotheria
Order Information
Superorder Preptotheria
Order Artiodactyla
Sub-order Ruminantia
Family Information
Superfamily Cervoidea
Family Cervidae
Sub-family Cervinae
Tribe Information
Tribe Cervini
Genus Information
Genus Elaphurus
Species Information
Species E. davidianus
Population statistics
Population 2,000+
Conservation status Extinct in the wild

Père David's deer or milu (Elaphurus davidianus) is a species of deer originally native to the subtropical marshland areas of China. Known to western science through the findings of Catholic missionary Armand David in the 19th century, Père David's deer was known only through captive herds; subsequent disasters such as the Boxer Rebellion left remaining animals alive only in foreign reserves. A slow, yet effective breeding program would see a return of the deer to China beginning in the mid-20th century.


Père David's deer live in low-lying grasslands, often associated with freshwater marshes where it spends a large amount of time in the water, eating reeds and bush leaves.