This species is endemic to China including Taiwan Island and has been introduced to the UK where it is now considered an invasive species due to its ability to adapt to our climate. Females mature within the first year, with the majority of females reaching sexually maturity at eight months and are able to conceive at any time of the year. These are the smallest deer we have here in the UK and are often the ones seen in people’s gardens eating the soft flower shoots and vegetables.
Threats to species:
The major threats to this species include habitat destruction and hunting. It is hunted for food and, before hunting was banned, for hides which were used in the fur market.
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