The Eld's deer is endangered in its native home of Southeast Asia with fewer than 2,000 remaining in the wild. This little girl and her mother are doing well and will join a herd of 14 females at the National Zoo's Conservation Research Center in a few months.
ADORABLE YET ABUNDANT? ON THE CONTRARY: ENDANGERED – What might first appear as yet another addition to the ever-growing deer population is truly something more. Smithsonian scientists and animal keepers at the National Zoo’s Conservation Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia welcomed a new baby Eld's deer to their collection last week. The Eld’s deer, indigenous to Southeast Asia and named after British officer Lt. Percy Eld in 1844, is an endangered subspecies that is reaching near extinction in the wild. With numbers severely low (fewer than 2,000 remaining in the wild), this birth carries great significance to the species’ survival. The mother, Eve and baby girl are doing well and will join a herd of 14 females in a few months.