Munt­jac deer

Sussex Life - - Wildlife -

• Na­tive to China, this species was first in­tro­duced to the UK in the early 20th cen­tury

• It soon spread from its orig­i­nal home at Woburn Park in Bed­ford­shire and is now com­mon across the south east of Eng­land

• Munt­jac can be found in wood­land, park­land and some­times gar­dens

• At 50cm tall, it is the small­est of our six wild deer species and about the same size as a medium dog

• It is gen­er­ally soli­tary but may be seen in pairs, ei­ther a doe with kid or a buck with doe

• Bucks have short, un­branched antlers and down­ward-point­ing tusks

• Un­like other deer, the Munt­jac doesn’t have a de­fined breed­ing sea­son (or rut) but breeds all year round

• There are at least seven dif­fer­ent species of Munt­jac deer but ours is the Reeves’ Munt­jac

• The name com­mem­o­rates John Reeves, an English nat­u­ral­ist who spent 19 years in China as In­spec­tor of Tea for the East In­dia Com­pany

• Reeves’ Munt­jac is also known as the bark­ing deer, due to its dog-like calls


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