Reeves's Muntjac

Our Resident 

Tinkerbell is the sole muntjac we have at Spring River Zoo. She is 11 years old. 

Creature Features 

Description                                                                                                                                                                                       Reeves’s muntjac have a chestnut colored coat with a four-inch tail that is black above and white below. Females tend to be slightly lighter in color than males.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                     Muntjac are surprisingly omnivorous. It eats bamboo, seeds, bark, fruit and foliage, as do most deer species, but it has also been found to eat eggs and carrion and is reported to be able to hunt small mammals and birds.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                          Has year-round breeding in its natural habitat in China. They appear to have to have a more seasonal breeding cycle that occurs between late October and early March.

Fun Facts 

  • Other Names: Chinese Muntjac
  • Scientific Name: Muntiacus reevesi
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Lifespan: 10 to 12 years in the wild 18 years in captivity
  •  Body Length: 43 to 45 cm at the shoulder
  • Weight: 24.23 to 60 pounds
  • Gestation: 7 months
  • Number of Young: 1 to 2
  • Habitat: subtropical rainforests; temperate; tropical
  • Distribution: Muntjac have a native range that extends throughout the subtropical forests of southeastern China and Taiwan.

Did You Know? 

As a member of the Muntiacus genus, it is often known as a barking deer, yet the function of barking may be overestimated by casual observers. Barks are primarily used in two circumstances; when predators are suspected in the environment and during social encounters when subordinate and dominant animals come into contact.