Santa Claus: “From what I see now that nose will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up.  What I'm trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?”Gifmania. 2009. "rudolph." (image). <http://www.gifmania.co.uk/christmas/reindeer/>. Accessed 14 April 2009.

Rudolph: “It would be an honor sir.” - Taken from the movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

 “After today, I bet Santa takes a shovel to the reindeer stalls to fill your stocking.” -Bill Watterson

Gifmania. 2009. "n-032." (image). < http://www.gifmania.co.uk/christmas/reindeer/>. Acessed 14 April 2009. “What do reindeer say before telling you a joke? 

This one will sleigh you!”  - Unknown


Nickles, J. 2005. "404px-Reintier_fws_1." (image) <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rentier_fws_1.jpg>.  Accessed 4 April 2009.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!



Biggins,D. 2005." Nordamerikanisches Reinter." (image). <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nordamerikanisches_Rentier.jpg>. Accessed 8 April 2009.


 General Characteristics

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.


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