Zookeeper Report 7/18/13

Muntjac Deer

Muntjac Deer

Many of our visitors have been asking how the animals do in this extreme heat.  Actually, they handle the heat much better than humans!  Just like with humans we have to keep a closer eye on baby &  senior animals and make sure all the animals have plenty of water.   The zoo is situated under some really tall oak trees and the shade has kept all of us very comfortable.  We took this picture yesterday of the Muntjac deer reaching for some leaves.  Muntjac deer, also called barking deer, are native to South East Asia are a very small species of deer (less than 2 ft tall and under 40lbs)  and are the reported as the oldest deer species appearing 15 – 35 million years ago!  Our little family of Muntjac deer are located right next to the zebra cafe and are one of the first animals you will see as you enter the zoo!