Indian Muntjac Deer Joins the Zoo Family
EUREKA, June 7, 2012—Starting this week, Sequoia Park Zoo visitors will be able to meet the Zoo’s newest arrival– a small species of deer called an Indian muntjac, donated to Sequoia Park Zoo by the San Francisco Zoo. Muntjac are found in many parts of Asia and their range overlaps in several areas with the Red panda, so this young male is an ideal companion for the Red pandas. Last weekend, he was introduced to the pandas and is getting to know his new home.
Mixing compatible species within exhibits forms the cornerstone of the Zoo’s Master Plan, and the addition of the muntjac will create a more natural and dynamic experience for both visitors and animals. “We are very pleased with how the muntjac is doing in his new habitat,” says Amanda Auston, Animal Care Supervisor. “He and the pandas are curious but peaceful toward one another, and for the most part they occupy different niches within the space – while the pandas are climbing above, the deer is grazing below.”
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Above, a red panda watches its new Indian muntjac neighbor at Sequoia Park Zoo.
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