What kind of animal is the Shifu Elephant? An explanation of its characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is the Shifu Elephant? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. The wild ones are already extinct, and now they are all kept in zoos. Therefore, unfortunately, the wild population that was once abundant no longer exists. However, it is an animal that is strictly managed.

What is Shifuzou? Basic Stats

The Pere David’s deer is an even-toed ungulate mammal classified in the Cetacean family of the Mammalia class. Its scientific name is Elaphurus davidianus, its English name is Pere David’s deer, and its Chinese characters are 四不象. Its total length is 170-200cm, and its weight is 150-200kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)Pere David’s deer
scientific name(学名)Elaphurus davidianus
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Artiodactyla、Cervidae、Elaphurus


The Siberian elephant is said to have lived and been distributed in the swamps of northern and central China.

What are its characteristics? What kind of creature is it?

The Shifu elephant has a long, slender head and large eyes. Its limbs are long and its hooves are large. Its hooves resemble those of a cow, its head like a horse, and its horns like a deer, but it is not any of those animals, hence its name. It is thought that there used to be many of them in China, but they are now extinct. They are good swimmers and can submerge in water up to their shoulders. They usually live in groups in groups.

What is the ecology of the Yakushika?

Shifu elephants live on grass, leaves, and emergent plants. They are viviparous. During the breeding season, males form harems with many females. The gestation period is 288 days, which is nine months. They can give birth to one baby at a time. They reach sexual maturity at two years and three months of age. They live for about 20 years.

What are the natural enemies of the Yakushika?

Shifu elephants are already extinct in the wild, so there is nothing to show for it.

Is the Chinese Elephant an endangered species?

When the Chinese Elephant was introduced to Europe in 1865, it was already extinct in the wild. It is said that it used to live in China. A herd of Chinese Elephants had been owned by the Chinese Emperor Tongzhi for generations. During the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, the gardens where the Chinese Elephants were kept were occupied by German troops, and all the remaining Chinese Elephants were shot and eaten by soldiers, leading to their extinction. Since then, more have been bred in Europe, and plans are underway to return the bred animals to the wild. There are currently a population of over 5,000.

Can Chinese Elephants be kept as pets?

Chinese Elephants are extinct, and cannot be kept by the general public. They are now strictly managed in zoos and other facilities.


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