Père David’s deer is named after a French missionary who was working in China and sent back several samples of the previously unknown deer in 1866. This species of deer is currently extinct in the wild but was indigenous to the subtropical areas of Asia.
Père David’s deer can grow up to 3.9 feet at the shoulder and stretch out to about 7 feet long. They can weigh up to 441 depending on gender, with the mail weighing more than the females. They have unique branched antlers which have tines what point back and times which point directly up. In China there is folklore and history surrounding this special deer, which was once owned by the emperor himself!