Tian Shan wapiti

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Tian Shan wapiti (maral or elk)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species: C. canadensis
Subspecies: C. c. songaricus
Trinomial name
Cervus canadensis songaricus
(Erxleben, 1777)[1]

The Tian Shan wapiti or Tian Shan maral (Cervus canadensis songaricus), often called the Tian Shan elk by North Americans, is a subspecies of Cervus canadensis, found in the Tian Shan Mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan, southeastern Kazakhstan, and North Central Xinjiang, China. It is the largest subspecies of Asian elk, both in body size and antlers. There are around 50,000 individuals left in the wild, and they are declining at a rapid rate. There are 4000 or 5000 individuals in deer farms in China.


  1. ^ Erxleben, J. C. P. (1777). Anfangsgründe der Naturlehre and Systema regni animalis.

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