Trial release of Père David’s deer Elaphurus davidianus in the Dafeng Reserve, Jiangsu, China

  • Published source details Hu H. & Jiang Z. (2002) Trial release of Père David's deer Elaphurus davidianus in the Dafeng Reserve, China. Oryx, 36, 196-199


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Use holding pens at release site prior to release of captive-bred mammals

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use holding pens at release site prior to release of captive-bred mammals

    A study in 1998–1999 in a grassland site in Jiangsu, China (Hu & Jiang 2002) found that following release of captive-bred animals after being held in pre-release pens, all Père David’s deer Elaphurus davidianus survived for at least six weeks. Seven deer were released and all were still alive six weeks later. For 18 months prior to release, eight deer (one male, three female, and four immature animals) were held in a fenced enclosure. Seven deer were released into Dafeng Reserve in November 1998. One female was fitted with a radio-collar to enable location of the group. From November 1998 to April 1999, released deer were located at least three times/week.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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