Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 100 – The Siberian Musk Deer


Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Siberian musk deer - Moschus moschiferus

“The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world’s history”
Edward Augustus Freeman

Siberian Musk Deer Often called the ‘vampire deer’ because it has fangs (tusks) instead of horns, or the ‘kangaroo deer’ because of its kangaroo-like face (though I think it looks more like a llama head on), the Siberian musk deer is an undeniably interesting ungulate.  But, have you ever wondered where that equally interesting, and powerful, musk smell comes from in perfumes and soap?  Or how it is produced, and how many lives are taken to render even the smallest amount of this strongly aromatic substance.

For over five thousand years, the male Siberian musk deer has secreted musk for the benefit of man’s vanity and ailments.  The musk has been highly prized for use in the production of both perfumes and traditional medicines.  The Chinese Journal of…

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