What Are Those Things?

Everyone always asks, “What are those baby deer looking things?” Those “baby deer” are the Reeve’s Muntjacs. They are small deer that live in woodlands in tropical and semi-tropical and pine and oak forests in central and southern China and Taiwan. Populations were imported into England and Wales on private estates but then formed populations in the wild. The common name Reeves Muntjac is after a British naturalist who lived in China.

Muntjacs resemble other deer except they are much smaller- ranging only two to three feet from head to tail. Male muntjacs differ from females because they grow antlers and sharp tusk like teeth.  Both male and female muntjacs make a small barking noise to communicate and scare off predators. Unlike many other animals, muntjacs do not have a mating season, they can mate all year. A female muntjac will be pregnant for about seven months before giving birth to one or possibly two fawns.  Fawns stay with their mothers for the first two months of their lives before venturing off on their own. Adult muntjacs live to be about 17 years- old.

Reeve’s Muntjacs are herbivorous- they eat a combination of plants. Their habitats are being compromised for agricultural purposes, logging and urbanization.

Muntjacs are really neat animals! If you would like to check out the Reeve’s Muntjacs you can see them at your Red River Zoo! The Zoo will be open on Presidents’ Day, from 10 am to 5 pm. (That’s tomorrow!)  Children will receive free admission with paying adult. Come check out the muntjacs and all the other animals at the Zoo!

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a wonderful quote to think about.

There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Come see what’s new at your zoo!

 

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