Fun Facts about Reindeer

A reindeer is a noble, beautiful creature. One of the most incredible characteristics of the reindeer is its ability to thrive in the frozen temperatures of the Arctic. As the harsh winter winds blow, reindeer survive on whatever plant life they can find in the snow including shrubs, lichen, dry twigs, and different kinds of moss. Moving across the plains in large herds, reindeer are in a continual search for sustenance and water especially during the winter months. The domestic reindeer is categorized as one particular species. In North America, the wild caribou and the domestic reindeer are often thought of as one in the same animal, however a caribou is actually considered to be a subspecies of reindeer. In addition, caribou are usually larger in size than a reindeer and are sometimes referred to as the North American reindeer. 

Evolution and Habitat

Reindeer in Alaska: A detailed look at the history of reindeer in Alaska. This collection of information includes why reindeer were brought to Alaska and how they were used.

Facts on Reindeer: A gathering of facts on the habitat of reindeer along with some photographs of them. Also included is information about the significance of the size of a reindeer's

The Environment of Reindeer: Features a look at the habitat of reindeer that includes an informative map. Learn more about the conditions of the living environment of a reindeer. The photographs help to highlight the natural beauty of the places where reindeer can be found.

A History of Reindeer: Find out more about the history of reindeer and the animal's connection with different groups of people. Discover more about how reindeer were used by different groups in society.

Biology and Behavior 

Behaviors and Traits of Reindeer: Read some intriguing facts about reindeer (and caribou) including what makes them such excellent swimmers. The information also includes some observations from a naturalist of the nineteenth century.

Facts Concerning Reindeer: A concise list of facts is offered on reindeer, what they eat, and a description of their average size.

Reindeer Characteristics and Facts: The Cougar Mountain Zoo provides a list of physical traits of the Siberian reindeer along with other intriguing facts about the animal. Be sure to read the interesting tidbit about reindeer and their antlers.

Information on Reindeer: Features a variety of facts about reindeer including its Latin name, breeding season, threats to its safety, and much more. This information also provides a list of subspecies of reindeer.

Human Interaction and Hunting

Reindeer Herding: Features information on reindeer herding by the Sami. This information includes a look at the different periods of their reindeer herding history.

Facts on Reindeer Breeding: Discover some of the general characteristics of reindeer along with some tips regarding the business of breeding reindeer and what's involved.

History and the Uses of Reindeer: Provides a list of the ways that humans have used reindeer for food, clothing, and other practical items throughout history.