Milu or Père David's Deer now only exist in captivity. Curiously, some of the stags can grow and shed a second set of antlers each year.
Scientific name: Elaphurus davidianus
Père David's deer
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Milu distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Extinct in the wild
Population trend: Increasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Père David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus), also known as the milu (Chinese: 麋鹿; pinyin: mílù) or elaphure, is a species of deer that is currently extinct in the wild—all known specimens are found only in captivity. This semiaquatic animal prefers marshland, and is native to the subtropics of China. It grazes mainly on grass and aquatic plants. It is the only extant member of the genus Elaphurus. Based on genetic comparisons, Père David's deer is closely related to the deer of the genus Cervus, leading many experts to suggest merging Elaphurus into Cervus, or demoting Elaphurus to a subgenus of Cervus.
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