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Rare deer find new home in city forest

RARE Chinese water deer have been reintroduced to Shanghai after more than 100 years, with 12 deer released in Binjiang Forest Park in Pudong New Area last week, the park's director said today.

The endangered species, which is under national protection, is native to Shanghai and has lived in the area for about 10,000 years.

About 120 years ago they were commonly seen in Qingpu and Fengxian districts but declining woodland saw their habitat decrease and they became scarce, Xinmin Evening News reported.

City officials began to improve the living environment for Chinese water deer last year and introduced 21 adult deer from Zhejiang Province last year, according to the report.

They were housed in a 5,000-square-meter woodland with water and plants in the Outer Ring Road forest belt.

More than 80 percent of the deer survived and the group grew to 53 this year.


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