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Reindeer Rangifer tarandus


The reindeer (also known as caribou) is a deer from the arctic and subarctic.

Diet in the wild

Leaves, herbs, lichens, sedges and fungi

Diet at the Zoo

Alfalfa and specially formulated grains for reindeer

Fascinating Facts

  • Both males and females have antlers
  • Can swim across strong rivers and channels in the Arctic Ocean
  • Outer layer of fur acts as an insulator from cold weather
    and provides buoyancy in water
  • Hairs are hollow-like tubes and aid in insulation