Extant (resident) Philippines; Presence Uncertain: Malaysia
The Balabac Mouse Deer occurs in primary and secondary lowland forest and shrubland, and may frequent mangroves and more open areas to forage. On Bugsuk they are recorded in coconut plantations with dense understorey. Mouse deer are surprisingly well-known within the Philippines and constitute a potentially ideal vehicle for promoting increased future conservation, research and education activities in this region (Grubb and Gardiner 1998), though little or no effective action has been taken to date.
The Balabac Mouse Deer is a timid and tiny deer, one of the smallest in the world. They are endangered and may be extinct in #Malaysia due to palmoil #deforestation, the pet trade and poaching for food. Support this beauty by joining the #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
The species is subject to poaching for food, and there is minor domestic trade in live animals for local zoos and private collectors. Due to unsuitable crating resulting in broken limbs, poached animals are known to have perished during transport.
Widmann, P. 2015. Tragulus nigricans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T22065A61977991. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T22065A61977991.en. Downloaded on 25 January 2021.
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