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Uttarakhand – Alpine musk deer

Alpine Musk Deer

Common Name: Alpine Musk Deer

Local name: Katsura (Hindi)

Scientific Name: Moschus chrysogaster Hodg

Description: This reddish-grey colored deer species possess long upper canines, a broad creamy throat and chest, a long grey face, and white stockinged legs. The deer also has a musk sac that is externally visible between the male testes.

Distribution: This musk deer species is mainly found in the coniferous and deciduous forests in the high alpine zones across the Central and Eastern Himalayas of India.

Threats: Poaching for musk, illegal hunting, and habitat loss are some of the threats faced by the Alpine musk deer.

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