You can find reindeer (or caribou) to the north in the arctic and subarctic regions of the planet. They like to move around a lot and rarely stay in one place for very long. They have been known to cover up to 3,000 miles in a year…that’s roughly the distance from Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire, UK to Toronto in Canada!
It’s not really much of a surprise that Reindeer have very thick coats. In fact, they have a double layered coat designed to keep them really cosy in chilly temperatures.
Fun facts about reindeers:
Reindeer antlers are found on both males and females.
Their sense of sight and hearing aren’t brilliant, relying mainly on their sense of smell.
When they walk they click…it’s a tendon in their foot passing over a bone!
The first known written account of reindeer in association with the legend of Santa Claus occurred in 1821 in a booklet called ‘A New Year’s Present’.
Reindeer questions and answers:
So where do reindeers live?
Domesticated reindeers are mostly found in northern Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland where they were introduced by humans in the 18th century.
Do reindeers live in large herds?
They do…massive in fact, anywhere between 50,000 and 500,000.
What do they eat?
They’re vegetarians so that means they don’t eat meat at all just anything green. Mainly lichen, fungi and leaves.
Can they run fast?
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