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Reeves'muntjac

Munticaus reevesi

CHARACTERISTICS

Family
Approx 45 cm

Shoulder height
Approx 45 cm

Weight
Approx 18 kg

Habitat
Forests

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Barking deer
Muntjac are deer, but bark like dogs. They tend to bark to express their anxiety whenever they feel threatened. A common name for muntjac is barking deer.

A tongue for a washcloth
There is no easier way to wash your face: a muntjac's tongue is so long and flexible that it can easily reach and clean every corner of the animal's face.

Path-finding skills
Reeves' muntjac live in the dense undergrowth of the forests in south-east China and Taiwan. To navigate their way through the thick vegetation, they create paths, which they then learn by heart.

Not picky eaters
The Reeves' muntjac is primarily herbivorous. Its main diet includes leaves, bark and bamboo. However, it is also partial to eggs, carrion and small animals.

Conservation status