Thorold’s deer

Vulnerable

Thor, the male, shares his living space with females Laïa, Daugava, Nakts and Rasa


Scientific name : Cervus albirostris

Where do they live?

In China, on the Tibetan Plateau, up to an elevation of 5100 m.

Did you know?

Clearer with progress
Thorold's deer, also known as the white-lipped deer, is not truly a deer.
Recent studies have indeed shown that it does not belong to the genus Cervus, as scientists initially thought, but rather to the genus Prezwalskium, of which it would be the only living member.

Thorold's deer like coniferous forests, willow thickets and vast plains. Males live alone while females live in groups of 5 to 40 individuals with their offspring. During the rut, in October and November, males join the groups of females. They compete with one another for the right to reproduce by fighting with their antlers, which can reach lengths of up to 1.4 m. Offspring are raised by the mother. The new-born foals stay hidden and females come to let them suckle two times a day. The young then join the herd after about two weeks.
The long, thick coat of Thorold's deer gives them efficient protection against the extreme temperatures of their habitat. They feed mainly on grass, leaves and bark. Their only predators are wolves and snow leopards. The destruction and fragmentation of their habitat and competition with livestock remain major problems for the species.

Height

1.20 m at the withers.

Length

1.90 m to 2.33 m.

Weight

140 to 200 kg.

Life expectancy

16 to 18 years.

Gestation period

8 months.

Keep up hope

Hunted for its meat

This species is hunted for its meat but also for its organs and antlers that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Government farms have been created to limit poaching and new recommendations have been made, such as the evaluation of these farms, the identification of potential sites for reserves and conducting long-term studies.