Captivity: 17 years
Name of Young
- Muntjacs are a tiny species of deer with reddish brown fur. They are native to southern China and Taiwan. However, a small feral population exists in England.
- Both males and females have tusk-like canine teeth. These are used for fighting for mates or for protection from predators. Males also have small antlers that grow to 4 inches long at the most.
- Muntjac deer tend to be solitary. If they do live in groups, they are small and consist of a mother and her baby. They typically have one offspring at a time, and on occasion twins.
- There is a wild population on Reeve’s Muntjac living in England as the result of a few deer escaping from a zoo. They are considered a pest in this area. Species introduced to new areas often negatively affect the native wildlife and become competition for food sources.
Did You Know?
Reeve’s Muntjac, as well as other species of muntajc deer, are sometimes called barking deer. This name comes from the loud, sharp barking noises they make. They bark if they spot a predator and as a form of communication.