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Reindeer and Caribou
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Reindeer and Caribou

Life near the North Pole is no problem for these large members of the deer family with thick, insulating coats and large hooves. Both males and females have antlers.

Reindeer and caribou belong to the same species, Rangifer tarandus. What's the difference? Where they live and years of domestication and selective breeding.

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Reindeer Cam Highlights

Reindeer Cam Highlights

What's better than a live feed of reindeer eating, hanging, and playing games in the snow? This "best of" animal cam video! More...

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Animal Planet
Reindeer Eyes Change Color with Arctic Seasons

Reindeer Eyes Change Color with Arctic Seasons

Move over, Rudolph's red nose. Scientists have discovered something more astonishing: In the Arctic, reindeer eyes change from gold in the summer to blue in the winter. More...

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BBSRC
11 Things You Might Not Know About Reindeer

11 Things You Might Not Know About Reindeer

For starters, reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light. Get the details and 10 other surprising facts. More...

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Mental Floss
About Reindeer

About Reindeer

Caribou and reindeer may be the same species, but there are a number of differences. Compare these subspecies. More...

Article
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Arctic Reindeer

Arctic Reindeer

Take a closer look at the relationship between Arctic reindeer and the people, such as the Sami, that have the mammals at the center of their culture. More...

Article
EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus)

Caribou (Rangifer tarandus)

Used for climbing, digging, and supporting these heavy animals, caribou's hooves are one of nature's marvels. Take a closer look. More...

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National Geographic
Caribou Migration

Caribou Migration

What could possibly force Canadian caribou to abandon prime feeding grounds and trek 6,000 miles in 1 year? Hint: It’s a tiny pest that loves blood. Take a look. More...

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Discovery
Hungry Reindeer

Hungry Reindeer

Warming temperatures mean more rain falling on the snow in the Arctic, which creates ice. What does that mean for reindeer? Take a look, then see if you can ace the quiz. More...

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McGraw-Hill
Reindeer Bottle Feeding

Reindeer Bottle Feeding

Meet, Boris, the only male reindeer at the San Diego Zoo. See what the zoo is doing to raise him among the herd. Then discover why all signs point to the legendary Rudolph being female. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Sami: The People Who Walk with Reindeer

Sami: The People Who Walk with Reindeer

For the Sami of Scandinavia, herding reindeer is a way of life. Explore their daily life on the tundra, and how it's changing, with this photo collection. More...

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National Geographic
Virtual Pet Reindeer

Virtual Pet Reindeer

Looking to join a reindeer game? See if you have what it takes to feed, care for, and navigate this reindeer through a maze in thick fog. More...

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Armor Games
What Wiped Out St. Matthew Island’s Reindeer?

What Wiped Out St. Matthew Island’s Reindeer?

At one time, 6,000 reindeer roamed an island in the Bearing Sea. Today, there are none. Read about this classic story of wildlife boom and bust. More...

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Alaska Dispatch News

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