Père David's deer
|Père David's deer|
|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.