Fea’s Muntjac

khao sokFea’s muntjac (Muntiacus feae) also known as barking dear weighs 18 – 21 kg (40 – 46 lb). It is usually found in evergreen forests in upland areas. In China it has been found in mountainous forest comprised of a mixture of coniferous, broad-leaf forest or shrub forest at an altitude of 2500 m (8200′). Young muntjacs are usually born in dense growth, where they remain hidden until they can move about with the mother. Muntjacs eat grasses, low-growing leaves, and tender shoots. Fea’s muntjac is diurnal and solitary.

In 1984, Fea’s muntjac was documented in Yunnan Province in southcentral China. It is also thought to occur in the Tenasserim area in the southern tip of Myanmar and adjacent regions in Thailand, as well as in Laos and Vietnam. Fea’s muntjac was apparently never very abundant. It is now quite rare. Its total numbers are unknown but are certainly small.

Reasons for the decline of Fea’s muntjac include hunting (including armed insurgents living off the land) and the increase of human settlement