EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Eld’s deer

(Rucervus eldii)

 Matt Hartley
Institution:   Chester Zoo

EAZA Member Area


Chester Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List EN


Programme roles

Indirect Conservation icon  Fundraising
The EAZA population of Eld’s deer thamin can be used to raise funds for conservation efforts in Cambodia for the Siamese Eld’s deer (Rucervus eldii siamensis).

 Technical support
The experience with managing the Rucervus eldii thamin population EEP and studbook can be shared for the ex situ management of the Rucervus eldii siamensis. Furthermore technical and financial support can be given to work towards reintroducing individuals from the in range ex situ populations if needed.

Programme numbers

In July 2023, the Moose EEP had 215 animals in 13 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The EAZA Deer TAG has a Facebook page where they publish relevant stories related to deer species and TAG-related news. If you want to keep up to date, please follow their Facebook page here.
  • There is an article about the Deer TAG space programme in Zooquaria 109 (Autumn 2020 - page 14). 
  • EAZA published its 2021 Annual TAG Report.
  • Knowsley Safari has a fact sheet about Eld’s deer.

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