Category: Ungulates

Location: Safari Drive

It’s a sad fact that the three subspecies of eld’s deer are all Endangered. The greatest threat comes from poaching the deer for food.

Take a look at the antler formation on the mature stags and you’ll see how these animals also got the name of brow-antlered deer. No other deer species has this shape of antlers, so they are truly one of a kind.

 

Working with Wildlife Alliance

Helping Endangered species comes with many challenges, from coordinating with foreign governments, to securing funds to pay for all the work. Public support for Endangered species is generally linked to the animal’s appearance. Charismatic creatures like giant panda and tigers get lots of much-needed media attention, but there are other animals that don’t have widespread appeal, and are just as in need of our help. One such species is the eld’s deer. We’re part of a project in Cambodia with Wildlife Alliance, actively working towards creating a healthy captive population of eld’s deer ready to release back into the wild one day.

Wildlife Alliance is a long established organisation that offers direct protection to forests and wildlife in Cambodia. We’re donating equipment, contributing staff expertise and funding a new breeding facility being built in Cambodia.

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Want to spot the difference between a deer and antelope?

Antelope grow horns. These are attached to the skull and have an outer casing of horn, which is made from the same material as your fingernails. The horns have only one point each and the animal has them for life.

Deer grow antlers. These are made of fast-growing bone that is covered in ‘velvet’ while growing. Antlers drop off naturally each year but grow back even larger. They always have several points.

Eld's deer antlers are unusual because the lowest points grow from the brow.

The eld's deer is a herbivore.

The eld's deer was once widely distributed across habitats of South and Southeast Asia. Now the Eld's Deer population is very localised to small areas within their former range.

It's a sad fact that all three subspecies of eld's deer are all Endangered. The greatest threat comes from poaching the deer for food. 

 

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