Rudolph: “It would be an honor sir.” - Taken from the movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
This one will sleigh you!” - Unknown
When we hear the word “reindeer,” most of us have one thought that comes to mind: Christmas eve and mythical flying reindeer in the sky pulling Santa's sleigh to deliver toys to girls and boys around the world. While this is a wonderful childhood tale, it greatly misrepresents these very real, serene, and majestic creatures that are far from being able to fly, named Rudolph, red-nosed, or pulling sleighs for a living. My goal with this website is to educate you about the animals reindeer really are; hopefully you learn new and interesting things never before thought about if Christmas was the only association that came to mind. Thanks for visiting and enjoy!
The reindeer, or caribou, as it is known in North America, is a member of the Cervidae, or deer family. It can be characterized by shaggy brown fur, along with a white chest, underbelly, and rump. They have long snouts, short tails, and long legs ending in large even-toed hooves. The reindeer also has a dewlap on its throat covered in white hair. It is the only species of deer in which both males and females possess antlers. The males' are large and branching while the females' tend to be smaller and straighter. Reindeer also possess two layers of fur, with an outer straight coat called the “guard," and then a thick woolly undercoat for survival in cold, Arctic habitats. They are 4-7 feet in height, and males can range from 275-660 pounds, with females weighing between 50 and 300 pounds.5
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