The Chinese Water Deer, is a small and generally a solitary creature, only gathering during the mating season. In areas with lots of individuals, however, these animals may make pairs or small groups.  These deer have no antlers but do have tusks to defend themselves against predators. The species was first introduced into Britain’s wilderness after an escape from Whipsnade Zoo in 1929.


Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Norfolk in woodlands.


Their diet focuses upon plant matter, such as reeds, grasses and sedges.

Predators & Threats

As an alien species in Britain, Chinese Water Deer have no natural predators, however the young are still susceptible to fox attacks.


  • Pregnancy lasts for 6 to 7 months.
  • Chinese Water Deer date back in England since 1873 when they were kept in London Zoo.


Common Name(s)Scientific Name
  Chinese Water DeerHydropotes inermis
 50-60 cm at the shoulders.
 10 -14 years,

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Chinese Water Deer