The deer live at altitudes of around 10,000 feet in northeast Afghanistan, where they feed in alpine meadows and coniferous forests. The WCS team estimates there are about 13,000 square kilometers of suitable habitat left to sustain the species, although much of it is fragmented. "Musk deer are one of Afghanistan's living treasures," WCS's Peter Zahler said in a news release. "This rare species, along with better known wildlife such as snow leopards, are the natural heritage of this struggling nation. We hope that conditions will stabilize soon to allow WCS and local partners to better evaluate conservation needs of this species."