We recently welcomed a new species, Siberian musk deer, now on exhibit. The male deer, named Vlad, is three years old and was born on June 10, 2015. The female, Anastasia, is also three years old and was born on June 26, 2015. Siberian musk deer are native to the forests and mountains of Russia and northern Asia. They get their name from the musk that they secrete during mating season. Musk deer are small, weighing from 15 to 35 pounds on average. They are known for their kangaroo-like faces and the tusks on the males. The musk deer are also on exhibit with red-breasted geese, which are birds native to Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and surrounding countries. The musk deer and geese are on exhibit in the former sika deer habitat after our sika deer, Bucky, was moved to a new off-exhibit area for retirement. #muskdeer
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