Baby of elusive deer species photographed for first time in Cambodia

Images from Virachey National Park include the first ever photographs of large-antlered muntjac fawns in the country, as well as a range of other interesting species such as Asian golden cat, moon and sun bears and Sunda pangolin.

Unknown to science until 1994, the large-antlered muntjac is a critically endangered species of deer native to Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia. However, until recently, only adults had ever been photographed in the latter.

Camera trapping in Virachey National Park, a relatively unexplored wilderness in the north-east of the country, has captured the first ever images of a large-antlered muntjac fawn in Cambodia (pictured above with its mother). It was thought that these were also the first images of the species within the park, but another surveying project has since published images.

The images were taken as part of a large camera trap survey by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) with Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment to photograph the variety of species within the park, which conservationists hope will secure greater protection for the area.

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