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Reeves’s muntjac

Dyrene i Knuthenborg, her en muntjak

Forest areas in Southeast China and Taiwan. Has been introduced to several European countries.

Up to 11 years

11-28 kg

40-45 cm

7 months

Number of offspring
1 lamb

Status in the wild
Not threatened

Did you know that…

  • Muntjacs are omnivores, meaning they can eat both plants and animals.
  • However, they primarily consume plants but can also eat fallen fruits, mushrooms, bird eggs, and carrion.
  • Muntjacs are also known as barking deer because they emit a barking sound when they feel threatened.
  • Male muntjacs have prominently visible canine teeth measuring 2-5 cm.
  • A newborn muntjac is not much larger than a guinea pig.
  • Muntjacs reach sexual maturity when they are just 7 months old.
  • Unlike other deer species, muntjacs do not have a fixed breeding cycle and can mate year-round.
  • Both male and female muntjacs mark their territories with scents from special glands on their faces.
  • The Chinese muntjac was introduced to various zoos in Europe in the 20th century, from where it has spread to the wild.
  • The deer is an invasive species, and breeding is no longer allowed. That’s why we only have females in Knuthenborg.

Meet the muntjacs in Lemurskoven.