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The progress in nutrition research of musk deer: implication for conservation

By WenXia Wang, Ran Zhou, Lan He, ShuQiang Liu, JunTong Zhou, Lei Qi, LinHai Li, DeFu Hu

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Musk deer ( Moschus spp.) are small forest ungulates that are unique to Asia and are mainly distributed in China. In the last 30 years, because of indiscriminate trapping, hunting, and killing of the musk deer for musk and the loss of suitable habitat due to deforestation, the distribution and population of wild musk deer have declined. The Chinese government has proposed a protection plan for musk deer, and promoted the musk deer's reintroduction as an important population restoration measure. However, a limited amount of research is available regarding the behavior of artificial populations and disease control and prevention, and very few studies have been undertaken to determine the role of nutrition in the successful reintroduction of musk deer. Therefore, we reviewed the related studies on nutrition of musk deer, considered the habitats, artificial breeding, and disease prevention, and assessed potential problems in population recovery of the musk deer.

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 172
Pages 1-8
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.09.006
Language English
Author Address Lab of Non-invasive Research Technology for Endangered Species, College of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.hudf@bjfu.edu.cn hudf99@163.com
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animals
  4. APEC countries
  5. Asia
  6. China
  7. Conservation
  8. Control
  9. Deer
  10. Deforestation
  11. Developing countries
  12. Diseases
  13. Habitats
  14. Hunting
  15. Mammals
  16. Methods
  17. Nutrition
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. prevention
  20. Protection
  21. Reintroduction
  22. Research
  23. Ruminants
  24. trapping
  25. ungulates
  26. vertebrates
  27. Wild animals
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