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The Dafeng Pere David's Deer Nature Reserve

Dafeng Pere David's Deer Nature Reserve is on the coast of Yellow Sea, southeast of Dafeng City and cover's an area of 1,000 hectares. It is China's largest Pere David's Deer farm and is the largest deer reserve in the world.

Pere David's Deer has horns like those of a deer, a neck like a camel, feet like an ox and a tail like that of a donkey. It is rare animal that is native t oChina. It disappeared from the wild over 1,000 years ago. Since the Song Dynasty the imperial families had raised them on farms.

In 1985, the Chinese government built the Dafeng Pere David's Deer Nature Reserve in Jiangsu Province in order to cultivate 39 Pere David's Deer sent by the London Zoo. In 1997 the number increased to 302. Also the reserve is home to 150 species of animals and birds, including river deer, yellow weasels, common otter, marmots, badgers, egrets, sea gulls, peacocks and golden pheasants. Several thousand hectares of brush and forest not only provide a habitat for Pere David's Deer and other wildlife but also a place for people to venture into the mysterious nature. The reserve is trying to reintroduce Pere David's Deer to the wild and to develop tourism and scientific research.

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