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Reindeer Photo

Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus

Habitat: arctic tundra and boreal regions

Diet: leaves, roots, wood lichens, stems and bark

Life span: 10 to 15 years

Young: 1 per year

Size: 109 to 318 kg (240 to 700 lbs)

North American Caribou have the longest seasonal migration route of any terrestrial animal and may travel up to 5000 km each year! Migration routes often cross fast rivers, and with its bouyant, air-filled coat, the caribou is an excellent swimmer. These animals are also great runners and by the time a caribou is one day old, it can already outrun an adult human.

Fun Fact

Both male and female reindeer grow new antlers every year.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Reindeer on Wikipedia Web


Reindeer Range

Range: North America and Eurasia (parts of Europe and Asia)



Status: Vulnerable

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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