The barking deer is scientifically named as Muntiacus muntjak. These species are widely distributed and found in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam as well as throughout China. It inhabits a variety of habitats including thick to less woodlands as well as dry scrub to oak and pine forests. It masses about 15-25 Kgs with a life span of 15-19 years.
Barking deer are browser and feed on shrubs, grass, shoots and fruits of a variety of plants. They sometimes strip out barks from shrubs and trees of pole size. The growth duration takes about 210 days, with a litter size of 1-2 fawns.