Some who claimed that huemul cannot be kept in captivity


1953    adults are impossible to place in captivity


1978    we know of no instances where huemul have done well in captivity, and unaware of presence in any Zoo


1979    impossible to keep in captivity


1991    very shy, has shown little likelihood of settling into captivity so far, and previous attempts at rearing them in

            Chile have met with little success


2001    huemul cannot be captured and confined as easily as other cervids


2001    previous attempts to keep huemul in captivity have failed, risks are thus too high




These opinions were wrong because:


==> they did not consider the inappropriate methods as the cause of failure, but blamed instead the huemul

==> they ignored the several documented successful captive situation, with examples starting in the 1830