A female Reeves’ muntjac was born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on the 19th of September. The fawn has been given the name Kya. Her proud parents are Katara and Walter.
The zoo’s director, Ted Fox said, ““We are excited to welcome a new muntjac to our herd.”
Reeves’ muntjacs can be found in China and Taiwan. Fox added that there is “approximately 650,000 in China, the Reeves’ muntjac is not considered endangered, though the species has been categorized as vulnerable due to habitat loss and hunting.”
Currently Kya is small but into the future she won’t get much bigger as muntjacs do not normally reach heights of more than 20 inches (50.8cm). They will weigh no more than 30 pounds. These animals are also called “barking deer” as they have a call which is like that of a dog.
At the zoo Kya lives happily with her parents and brother, Fang who was born last year. In the wild males may fight for territory using their tusks which are adapted teeth. This is different to most deer who will fight with their antlers. Kya will grow to be slightly smaller than her dad like most muntjacs and will not develop antlers.
The muntjac is the world’s oldest deer with fossils of them dating back 15-35 million years.
Kya may be cute but at the zoo she is currently sharing the limelight. She joins a pair of markhors which were born in June known as Nuri and Daler. A male patas monkey was born in May and has been named Harry.
Lastly is this adorable young snow leopard called Asa. Asa was born during an emergency surgery during July. He has recently began making appearances in his exhibit.
But Kya is special in her own way as Fox explained, “The birth of any female, like Kya, remains important to the North American population. There are currently 146 of the species in zoos across North America.”
Photo Credit: Terri Redhead-Muntjac
Maria Simmonds-Snow Leopard