Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 300mm, 1/2000 sec, F/6.3, ISO-1000
Location: Nature Park Lelystad, Netherlands, Europe
As Is on July 21/2013
Père David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus), also known as the milu or elaphure, is a species of deer that is currently extinct in the wild, all known specimens are found only in captivity. Reintroduction of Père David’s deer to China began in 1985, with a herd of 20 deer (5 males and 15 females). This was followed in 1987 by a second herd, consisting of 18 deer (all females). Both herds had been drawn from the Woburn Abbey herd and were donated by the 12th Duke’s grandson and successor, John. The transportation was sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. The relic site of the Nanyuang Royal Hunting Garden in the southern suburbs of Beijing was chosen as the site of re-introduction, creating the Beijing Milu Park. Of the 20 taken to China, in 1985, after 20 years of conservation the population had expanded to around 2000.