The greater mouse-deer, or Malay chevrotain, or known as Napu locally, is a species of even-toed ungulate in the Tragulidae family.

It is found in Sumatra, Borneo and smaller Malaysian and Indonesian islands, and in southern Myanmar, southern Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. It was thought to be regionally extinct in Singapore until it was rediscovered on an offshore island in 2008. They live near water, in tropical forests and mangrove thickets. They are terrestrial, but spend a lot of time in wet, swampy areas.

Tragos is Greek for “GOAT” and –ulus in Latin means “TINY“. Napu is a local name. The name “MOUSE DEER” refers to its small size and does not imply that it is a true deer. It is called “greater” because it is larger than other Tragulus species.

Although very small for an ungulate, the greater mouse-deer is one of the largest members of its genus. It weighs 5 to 8 kg (11 to 18 lb). Its head-and-body length is 70 to 75 cm (2.3 to 2.46 ft) and its tail length is 8 to 10 cm (3.1 to 3.9 in). Its shoulder height is about 30 to 35 cm (12 to 14 in) It has a small triangular head with a small pointed black nose and large eyes. It has long legs that are as thin as a pencil. The hind legs are visibly longer than the front legs. The body is rounded. The fur on the upper part of its body is grey-buff to orange-buff. On the sides, the fur is quite pale, but darker along the midline. It is white underneath, especially on the neck, stomach, chest and chin. The male has neither horns nor antlers, but has small “TUSKS” – elongated canines in the upper jaws.

Napu is solitary and nocturnal. It uses small trails through thick brush in the forest. In Malaysia, Mouse deer is a symbol of the strength and wisdom of a small creature that can defeat larger animals through ingenuity and non-violence. The mouse deer stories depict a small, clever and strong animal and are often told to children.

Therefore, Napu is chosen to be the Mascot of SEACAT 2012 to represent wisdom, courage and fearlessness in a difficult living environment.

We hope that together with our mascot, the lovely Napu, delegates will be able to enjoy the natural wonders of Malaysia and also experience our diverse and rich multiracial cultural heritage.

Just like our lovely Napu with her deep sense of independence and perseverance, we hope that all our disabled friends will be able to stand out and live independently for a better and greater tomorrow!