Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans

Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans

Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans


Extant (resident) Philippines; Presence Uncertain: Malaysia

The Balabac Mouse Deer lives 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 #Boycott4Wildlife

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.

The species is also affected by habitat loss due to conversion of former habitat to coconut plantations and other agriculture.

IUCN Red List

Further Information

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Widmann, P. 2015. Tragulus nigricans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T22065A61977991. Downloaded on 25 January 2021.

Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans

Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans

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2 thoughts on “Balabac Mouse Deer Tragulus nigricans

  1. You failed to mention that a large amount of palm oil goes to “biodiesel” so that governments and oil companies can claim to be reducing carbon emissions.

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    1. It’s true Hugh and it’s a massive issue for sure. It would be great to investigate into this and give consumers the option to boycott biodiesel, I have not had time to work out where this biodiesel goes and to offer consumers ways to practically boycott brands using this palm oil biodiesel yet, but I would definitely welcome other people’s ideas on how to do that or what companies that people can boycott. Thank you for your comment 🙂


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