Background

It is thought that the Muntjac Deer are one of the oldest deer species. Estimates date them back to 15-35 million years ago. An indication of their primitive nature comes from their visible canines which stick out from the top of the mouth.

Habitat

This species originated in south east Asia, in China and Taiwan. They were however introduced into Woburn Park in Britain in 1901, and at present feral populations have been established in Southern England. These deer are found in forests and farmlands.

Diet

Muntjacs eat grass, and other plant matter.

Predators & Threats

Threats to Muntjac deer are found within their natural range and primarily consists of leopards. In Britain, however, there are very few predators of this species, but dogs can cause injury.

Facts

  • Muntjacs make a call, much like the bark of a dog, when they are nervous or feeling defensive.
  • Males of this species defend territories up to 50 acres.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
 Muntjac deer, Reeve’s Mintjac, Barking Deer Muntiacus reevesi
Size
 0.6 – 1.4 m
Lifespan
 15 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Muntjac Deer