Meet Our Animals > Greater Malayan Chevrotain
Quick Facts
Native to Thailand, Myanmar, the Malayan peninsula, and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo
Primary Diet Grass, leaves of low bushes, and fruit
Adult Weight 11 to 17 pounds
Lifespan About 14 years
Status Stable

Greater Malayan Chevrotain

Greater Malayan chevrotains are the smallest living hooved animals and are known as “living fossils” because they’ve changed little in 30 million years. They’re also commonly referred to as “mouse deer.” When standing on all four legs, the chevrotain’s hind end is actually higher than its front quarter. They live in the undergrowth of lowland tropical forests and mangrove thickets, always near water.


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