Philippine mouse deer

The Philippine mouse-deer (Tragulus nigricans), also known as the Balabac chevrotain or pilandok (in Filipino), is a small, nocturnal ruminant, which is endemic to Balabac and nearby smaller islands (Bugsuc and Ramos) southwest of Palawan in the Philippines. The genus Tragulus means 'little goat' and the Philippine mouse-deer has been named so due to the horizontal pupils of the eyes.


/> Contrary to its common name, the Philippine mouse-deer does not belong to the deer family Cervidae, but is a member of the chevrotain family.

The Philippine mouse-deer is usually portrayed as a trickster in Philippine folklore. In a Maranao tale, the Philippine mouse-deer tricks a prince into giving up his bag of gold and facing a hive of angry bees.

The Philippine mouse-deer is threatened due to a variety of reasons, such as poaching and capture for the wild animal trade. Hunting has also caused a great decline in the number of individuals left.  Wiki

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  • Philippine Deer Spotted In Negros Occidental Netizen Calls DENRs Attention For Help

    Philippine Deer Spotted In Negros Occidental Netizen Calls DENRs Attention For Help

    A concerned netizen is calling DENR's attention after a Philippine deer has been spotted in Spur 3, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental.

    Nowadays, a lot of rare species are already endangered and almost near to extinction because of their diminishing population.

    People should also take care of the endangered species and protect rare animals instead of abusing them for their own gain.

    Recently, a Facebook user named Jerome E. Llomo has uploaded the videos and photos of a Philippine deer spotted in Negros Occidental.

    In the videos and photos, it can be seen that the deer was wondering the f ...

  • DENR Releases Two Sea Turtles

    DENR Releases Two Sea Turtles

    Two Green Sea (Chelonia mydas) Turtles were released to the Ermita Marine Protected Area in Barangay San Juan, Sipaway Island in San Carlos City.

    This, after the two sea turtles were temporarily rehabilitated at the nearby Dapdap Port in the island, a release from DENR said.

    Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel Forester II Carolyn Grijaldo and Forest Technician 1 Sharamae Mabanes together backed up by a release order set free the two sea turtles locally known as "Pawikan" in coordination with the San Carlos City Tourism Officer Phillip Gerard B. Maisog, Coastal Resou ...

  • Balabac Mousedeer Is It a Mouse Or a Deer

    Balabac Mousedeer Is It a Mouse Or a Deer

    Have you heard about or seen the Balabac mouse deer lately? How does it look like? Is it really a mouse or a deer? For those who are not familiar with this unique species of animal, this article is for you. Read on to find out answers to these questions.

    In one of the remote islands of the Philippines, there exists an animal called pilandok or the Palawan mouse deer. Pilandok looks like a deer, but its small size at birth approximates that of a mouse. This may be the reason people call it a mouse deer. When mature, however, it's way too large to be called a mouse. It can grow to 50 cm from ...

  • Facts About The Balabac Mouse Deer

    Facts About The Balabac Mouse Deer

    Facts about the endemic mouse deer of Balabac Island in the Philippines.

    The once abundant population of the Balabac mouse deer, known by its familiar local name pilandok, is a major protein source for the native groups of people called Molbog before droves of migrants came into Balabac Island at the southern end of Palawan Island in southwestern Philippines. The mouse deer is generally shy so it normally takes refuge in burrows dug under trees in the ecotone bounding the beach and the forest areas.

    The Molbog say that the burrows also serve as favorite habitats to pythons, which appear ...

  • Coral Reef Conservation In Balabac Island

    The Tiffany & Co. Foundation's generous support to WWF and our coalition of partners' work to develop a multiple-use protected area that advances conservation and sustainable economic development in the municipality of Balabac in the Philippines enabled major marine conservation protections within the 489,652 ha of the Balabac marine protected area (MPA).

    A highlight from this project was the major declaration by the Molbog tribal council to set aside 37,000 ha of traditional waters for strict protection or marine reserves, substantially increasing the amount of area that will be able to re ...