alpine musk deer


Black Musk Deer 

Siberian Musk Deer 

Himalayan or White-Bellied Musk Deer 

Alpine Musk Deer 

Dwarf or Forest Musk Deer 

Kashmir Musk Deer 

Anhui Musk Deer (no picture)

There are seven types of musk deer and all are found in the forests and brush lands of central and northeastern Asia. They are about the size of a medium sized dog and antlerless. Instead, adult males have a pair of tusks that project out of their mouths and scent glands that produces a pungent musk. Male musk deer are able to maintain territory because of their distinct, perpetual aroma. Females birth one small, inactive fawn after 150-180 days of pregnancy. Musk deer are solitary and either nocturnal or crepuscular animals that consume leaves, flowers, grasses, mosses, and lichens. 

Six are endangered and the Siberian Musk Deer is vulnerable. Snares capture deer of all ages and both sexes; it is implausible that the poachers will release the females and juveniles. They are poached illegally for their scent glands which are used in perfumes and medicines. The musk promotes circulation, treats skin infections and abdominal pain, and can be used as a stimulate. Each gram of musk can be worth $3 and a single male deer can yield $70. Rapidly swelling populations in Asia encroach on their territory and raise the demand and price for their musk pods.