Days, weeks, months For more then two years we’ve been making Safari Report! But… we’ve actually visited my kind of favourite animal only once. An animal that I think is fantastic is, if I really have to choose, the Père Davids deer. Because I’ve been, and you may know that, truly amazed by Père Davidsdeer eversince I first saw them. Now I can imagine that not everyone is this enthusiastic about the Père Davids deer. It is a deer after all and whatever I say many people don’t find them this exciting. But then again: the Père Davidsdeer, against all odds, is been found exciting while it has a gigantic antler on top of it’s head. But there is many, many more to tell about them OKAY LET’S BUS That was close… OKAY LET’S GO Ok, so now we’re up in the forest of the Père Davids deer… look… over here… Père Davids deer! How nice! When you look close… THEY’RE GETTING AWAY! *NOOOOO* Père Davids deer are actually pretty cool because, and you can tell allready when they walk… It is a strange looking animal. It is an animal that doesn’t look like any other. And then you can say ‘No Rick, it just looks like a deer’ But when you look very close you’ll see such amazing things about it… That’s why in China they won’t call it Père Davids deer that would be pretty weird as well ’cause that doesn’t sound Chinese at all but the Chinese name has been for a long time ‘sì bú xiàng’ Sì bú xiàng actually means a kind of combination of ‘it doesn’t look like anything’ and ‘like none of the four’ Sounds crazy but pretty understandable because it actually doesn’t look like a common deer. When you look at the hooves you recognize the hooves of a cow, the tail is similar to a donkeys’, the face reminds of a horse, and by watching the male you can’t ignore… he has an antler on his head, so it should be a deer… They were called Père David’s deer while father Armand David, a French father discovered them in the Chinese royal hunting garden. The legends tells about these four animals: a donkey, a horse, a cow and a deer merged themselves into a kind of super-animal which ended the reign of a mad emperor. Beacause of this legend the Père David’s deer became a very loved animal of which China’s emperors thought you would become immortal by eating it’s meat. At long last, the Chinese emperor Tongzhi took care of the deer by hiding them in one of his royal gardens. Père David as a French missionary climbed over the walls of the garden and discovered the deer as first European. That’s why the French finally said “It is a ‘cerve du Père David'” either ‘the deer of Father David’ Père David’s deer After father David’s discovery the animals were heavily hunted after an escape from the gardens. They even were on the edge of extinction. At last there were only sixteen Père Davids deer in the entire world. Fortunately they were saved by a breeding programme in England. Nowadays there are 1700 Père David’s deer again! Père David’s deer are the last existing species in the genus of ‘Elepharus’ Actually those are ‘swamp-deer’ They often range in wet areas. Behind me they are taking a bath in the ‘watersafari’, but they’re done with it. Now you again see the hooves looking like a cow’s hoove. Hooves that totally adapted to the wet areas they used to live in. Now the only one left behind is the male. Look… Bizarre, isn’t it?! A gigantic antler! Such an antler ain’t up there for nothing, he uses it to attract females. As been told in the Safari Report about ‘male vs. female’ Back then his antler was pretty small, in the past five months it grew back to what it used to, and becomes every year again. To attract the females, to impress them. Not only to the females to be hounest, also to males to tell them ‘I’m big and strong – don’t challenge me for a fight…’ Now it is pretty cool he is in oestrum, his antler ready, ready to impress the females, then a Père David’s deer will also start bellowing. You may know it from the red deer, who sound like a very sturdy sound Père David’s deer more sound like, well… an heartedly burp a clogged shower drain an owl with a cold Yeh, it ain’t a cool sound, but the female deer love it and that would be lovely while Père David’s deer are heavily endangered. It would be great to breed with them in zoos to make sure the numbers will increase. They are allready being re-introduced in China, the more calves we breed, the more animals we finally can re-introduce. That would be great, it would be a giant shame to see such a brilliant animal get extinct. Well that calve is allready two years old, let’s hope for many more to be born in the Safaripark! Would you like to know when there’s new offspring? Then offcourse I will bring you the news, so like Beekse Bergen on facebook or subscribe to our youtube channel, and you will never have to miss a Safari Report again! Thát is good news allready… NICE I will see you next week! Bye!