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Thorold’s White-Lipped Deer

Przewalskium albirostris

Thorold’s white-lipped deer is among the largest species of deer, with males reaching up to 55 inches at the shoulder and weighing up to 500 pounds.

Range & Habitat

Hills, alpine regions, and forested mountains in the Tibetan Plateau. 

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Vulnerable due to poaching.


In the Wild: Grasses.

At the Zoo: Herbivore pellets, alfalfa hay, and pasture grass.

Life Span

In the Wild: 16-18 years; In Human Care: Over 20 years.

Fun Facts about the Thorold’s White-Lipped Deer

  • Thorold’s white-lipped deer are named for Dr. W. G. Thorold, who was the first person to procure this specimen in 1891 after Russian explorer N. M. Przewalski described them in 1883.
  • As Thorold’s white-lipped deer walk, they produce a clicking sound with their hooves. This sound helps the herd to locate each other during heavy snowfall.
  • The “white-lipped” part of their names comes from the white colored hair patches around their muzzles creating a white lip effect.


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Updated June 13, 2023
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