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The Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus) is a species of deer found in central and southeastern China. It is known for its distinctive appearance, with a black tuft of hair on its forehead and large, fang-like canine teeth.
The Tufted Deer is a small species, standing about 2 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 60 pounds. It has a brown coat with white spots and short, spike-like antlers in males.
These deer are primarily solitary animals, spending most of their time in dense vegetation and forests. They are herbivores, feeding mainly on leaves, shoots, and small plants.
The Tufted Deer is listed as a species of "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with a stable population and widespread distribution in China. However, they are hunted for their meat and antlers, and their habitats are being fragmented and degraded due to human activities such as deforestation and development.
Conservation efforts are underway to protect and conserve the Tufted Deer and its habitat, including habitat protection, law enforcement, and education campaigns. Additionally, the species is protected under Chinese law, and hunting is strictly prohibited.