Chinese muntjac

Least concern

Jack lives with the Prevost's squirrels and the binturongs


Scientific name : Muntiacus reevesi

Where do they live?

In the subtropical forests of south-eastern China and Taiwan

Did you know?

Herbivore? Not quite...
Like most deer, the muntjac eats leaves, fruit, seeds, bark, etc. However, it sometimes enjoys eating eggs or even carrion! In China it is accused of eating birds caught in the traps of the hunters. This deer is therefore omnivorous.

The Chinese muntjac is visible in its natural environment at an elevation up to 3500 meters of altitude. It is more active at dawn and at dusk. The muntjac has bony lumps on its forehead covered with black hairs that form a very distinctive V-shape. In males, it extends into short antlers. Males have long upper canine teeth (up to six centimetres), which they use to defend their territory and conquer females. Chinese muntjac are also known as Reeves's muntjac, in reference to English naturalist John Reeves who lived in China at the beginning of the 19th century.

Height

45 cm at the withers.

Antlers

Males have antlers measuring 12 to 15 cm long.

Weight

11 to 28 kg.

Life expectancy

10-12 years on average in the wild, 18 years in captivity.

Gestation period

7 months.

Human-Animal Connection

A natural alarm system!

Because of its call, the muntjac is sometimes called the "barking deer". They are appreciated in their native environment, because their call serves as an alarm indicating the possible presence of large predators such as leopards or tigers.