Siberian musk deer

Male Siberian musk deer possess particularly long fangs, which it uses to fight and defend their territory

Николай Усик

As compared to true deer, Siberian musk deer do not have any antlers, and these deer are best known for producing musk, a highly sought-after substance throughout the globe. Presently, the biggest danger to the musk deer population is poaching and hunting for musk, which is used in folklore medicines and fragrances.

Siberian musk deer is considered vulnerable as of now but is moving fast toward becoming endangered. Other than that, habitat loss by deforestation is also a big threat to its survival as they are only a number of places where this species can thrive.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
China
2014
Kazakhstan
2014
Korea
2014
Mongolia
44,000
Official estimate
VU
2014
North Korea
2014
Russia
500-600
Official estimate
VU
2014
Sakhalin
Russia
150,000
Official estimate
VU
2014
Far Eastern population
Russia
27,000–30,000
Official estimate
VU
2014
Eastern Siberian population

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No