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  1. The Awesome Tufted Deer Project! By P N
  2. Habitat and Location • The tufted deer lives in China, extreme northeast Burma, and extreme northern India. • They live in the range of 27 to 35 degrees north in mountains and higher elevations.
  3. Zoo Habitat Five improvements that can be made are… • The habitat should be warmer because they have short fur. • There should be a little more hiding space because this animal is a shy animal. • There should be more of a mountain-like environment, including elevated areas because tufted deer live in the mountains. • There should be a bigger source for vegetation because they are herbivores and the Zoo habitat did not have extensive plants. • The area should be bigger because it is a very fast runner. A few good things about the zoo habitat are… • The habitat has a very good source of water because it has a pond. • There is a very good mix of animals in the zoo habitat because they all live in the same area.
  4. Physical Features • Tufted deer are 3-6 feet tall. • They have dark brown fur. • The males have 2 fang like teeth for defense. • The tuft or fur covers about 85-100 percent of the antlers. • The young have spots on them that go away once able to reproduce.
  5. Physical Adaptations • They flop their white tails when running which alert other tufted deer of danger. • Their spots help camouflage them from other animals. • The male deer has large “fangs” that scare off other animals. • Their flat teeth are good for eating vegetables. • They have short hair which helps them live in a fairly warm climate -- similar to that of the southern Appalachian Mountains. • They have strong legs which are good for running. • Their small build makes them able to hide easily. • They are most active at dusk and dawn, and therefore because of their dark color are not well seen by other animals. • Their antlers don’t serve a big purpose except to scare other animals. Due to lack of information, we do not know of many natural predators. • Because of their small size (37 – 100 pounds average) they are light and quick on their feet.
  6. Behavioral Features • The tufted deer is territorial. • It barks to communicate. • They are shy animals. • The young stay with their mom until 5-7months of age. • They usually travel solo, and rarely do any more than 2 deer travel together. • They always live near water. • They aggressively defend their territory from others. • Tufted deer scare off predators by barking during mating season or when scared. • They do not wander far from home and so they know their territory well.
  7. Reproduction • The tufted deer’s gestation is about 180 days. • They are sexually mature when they are 1-3 years old. • Mating season is September to December. • The litter is 1-2 babies a year.
  8. Other Tufted Deer Facts • The tufted deer looks very much like the muntjac. • They use their fang-like tooth features for a weapon. • The only major threat to the species is overhunting. • It is an herbivore and eats only vegetation like grasses and any other vegetation in their environment. • They are NOT endangered, but they are decreasing in population.
  9. Taxonomy • Kingdom-Anamalia • Phylum-Chordata • Class-Mammalia • Order-Artiodactyla • Family-cervidae • Subfamily-muntiacinae • Genus-elaphodus • Species-E.cephalophus
  10. Please enjoy this awesome tufted deer video