“Père” is the French word for “Father,” which might seem an odd name for a deer, but this species was actually first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China.
These animals have unusual feature including cow-like hooves, a camel-like neck, a donkey-like black tufted tail and the antlers of a deer. Other unusual features of this deer are the antlers of the males, which has tines that point upwards!
Père David’s Deer are completely extinct in the wild and only exist in captivity. There are conservation attempts to reintroduce them back into the wild, but none have been successful to date. So when you drive through the park and see this unique animal, remember, he’s not just a regular deer, he is a rare animal that can only be seen in captivity!