[78] Exceptionally large males have weighed as much as 318 kg (701 lb). [59] The velvet that covers growing antlers is a highly vascularised skin. [20] Linnaeus chose the word tarandus as the specific epithet, making reference to Ulisse Aldrovandi's Quadrupedum omnium bisulcorum historia fol. [97] During the spring migration smaller herds will group together to form larger herds of 50,000 to 500,000 animals, but during autumn migrations the groups become smaller and the reindeer begin to mate. Requirements . "Specifically, loud knee-clicking is discovered to be an honest signal of body size, providing an exceptional example of the potential for non-vocal acoustic communication in mammals. He affirms that the "true woodland caribou is very rare, in very great difficulties and requires the most urgent of attention. "Est bos cervi figura, cuius a media fronte inter aures unum cornu* exsistit excelsius magisque directum his, quae nobis nota sunt, cornibus: ab eius summo sicut palmae ramique* late diffunduntur. [78] Weight varies drastically between seasons, with males losing as much as 40% of their pre-rut weight.[79]. As the antlers grow, they are covered in thick velvet, filled with blood vessels and spongy in texture. Reindeer inhabit the subarctic forests and arctic tundra of Greenland, northern North America, and northern Europe across to East Asia. The Cairngorm Reindeer visitor centre at Glenmore is open most of the year, closing from late January to the February half term. These members of the deer family dig for food using their large hooves. Dominant reindeer will frequently take over the craters dug by subordinate individuals. A reindeer can swim easily and quickly, normally at about 6.5 km/h (4 mph) but, if necessary, at 10 km/h (6 mph) and migrating herds will not hesitate to swim across a large lake or broad river. [102] Barren-ground caribou are susceptible to the effects of climate change due to a mismatch in the phenological process, between the availability of food during the calving period. Wild reindeer are still hunted in Greenland and in North America. [76][77], The females usually measure 162–205 cm (64–81 in) in length and weigh 80–120 kg (180–260 lb). [72] Newborns weigh on average 6 kg (13 lb). Reindeer meatballs are sold canned. During harsh winters, deer may also become a nuisance to farmers by eating hay or … Wilmer, Pat; Stone, Graham; Johnston, Ian (2009). Santa's reindeer are reported to live at the North Pole, where they are cared for by Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus, and a handful of specially trained elves. Siberian owners of reindeer ride on them (Siberian reindeer being larger than those in Scandinavia). His 2001 children's book entitled Caribou Song/atíhko níkamon was selected as one of the "Top 10 Children’s Books" by the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. [10][11] Historically, the range of the sedentary boreal woodland caribou covered more than half of Canada[12] and into the northern states in the U.S. Woodland caribou have disappeared from most of their original southern range and were designated as threatened in 2002 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Description . [37], Mallory and Hillis argued that "Although the taxonomic designations reflect evolutionary events, they do not appear to reflect current ecological conditions. Range and Habitat. Reindeer are sexually mature at 1 - 3 years old. caribou. Most reindeer spend the winter in forested areas, as snow conditions here are more favorable. "[64] As females select the habitat for the birth of their calves, they are warier than males. They were first used by people to do work in Lappland and Siberia. Numbers have declined by about 72% over the last three generations, mostly because of catastrophic die-off likely related to severe icing episodes. The word deer was originally broader in meaning but became more specific over time. Dominant males control access to groups numbering 5 to 15 females. A complex set of terms describes each part of the antler and relates it to its various uses". The reindeer holiday habitat includes a Christmas-themed barn with a live Advent calendar and a map detailing Santa’s delivery route on Christmas Eve. [14] Geist describes them as frontally emphasised, flat-beamed antlers. However, Geist and others considered it valid. Reindeer are large deer, with a thick coat that is brown during the summer, and during the winter it is gray. 645–663. White-tailed deer live in prairies, forests, swamps, wood lots and agricultural fields. Antlers begin to grow on male reindeer in March or April and on female reindeer in May or June. [2][94] Other North American populations, the boreal woodland caribou for example, are largely sedentary. 25–28 in. Males live four years less than the females, whose maximum longevity is about 17 years. It is believed that domestication started between the Bronze and Iron Ages. The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. Severely infected individuals are weak and probably have shortened lifespans, but parasite levels vary between populations. [24], Because of its importance to many cultures, Rangifer tarandus and some of its subspecies have names in many languages. [87], The environmental variations play a large part in reindeer nutrition, as winter nutrition is crucial to adult and neonatal survival rates. 70% of the meat is sold to slaughterhouses. Some recent authorities have considered them all valid, even suggesting that they are quite distinct. Two of Santa’s reindeer made a surprise appearance during the holiday festivities this past weekend in downtown Newton. They are raised for their meat, hides and antlers and, to a lesser extent, for milk and transportation. [113], A variety of predators prey heavily on reindeer, including overhunting by people in some areas, which contributes to the decline of populations.[64]. The logo for Umeå University features three reindeer. The unique physical feature of the animals is the antlers. Reindeer are unable to walk and pee at the same time, so they have to take a bathroom break roughly every 6 miles. The young protagonists of Caribou Song, like Tomson himself, followed the caribou herd with their families. They appear to be more common in domestic herds. The most dominant males can collect as many as 15–20 females to mate with. [49][50], There is considerable variation between subspecies in the size of the antlers (e.g. These cows are healthier than those without antlers. They like to move around a lot and rarely stay in one place for very long. For example, amiraijaut in the Igloolik region is "when velvet falls off caribou antlers. [112], During the Arctic summer, when there is continuous daylight, reindeer change their sleeping pattern from one synchronised with the sun to an ultradian pattern in which they sleep when they need to digest food. ... Spain, Italy, and southern Russia. Icelandic farmers would then be taught reindeer herding. At this time, males take part in fights that leave them exhausted and injured. Based on a review in 1961,[33] these were considered invalid and included in R. tarandus caribou, but some recent authorities have considered them all valid, even suggesting that they are quite distinct. In the non-forested mountains of central Norway, such as Jotunheimen, it is still possible to find remains of stone-built trapping pits, guiding fences and bow rests, built especially for hunting reindeer. They mainly eat lichens in winter, especially reindeer lichen – a unique adaptation among mammals – they are the only large mammal able to metabolise lichen owing to specialised bacteria and protozoa in their gut. Rangifer herd size varies greatly in different geographic regions. Guided tours to visit the herd on the hill take place daily starting at 11am, and visitors are advised to dress for the weather. Golden eagles prey on calves and are the most prolific hunter on the calving grounds. Caribou spend most of their lives in open country. Additionally, as carrion, reindeer may be scavenged opportunistically by foxes, hawks and ravens. According to Inuit elder, Marie Kilunik of the Aivilingmiut, Canadian Inuit preferred the caribou skins from caribou taken in the late summer of fall when their coats had thickened. "In the winter, the fleshy pads on these toes grow longer and form a tough, hornlike rim. With 185,000 reindeer (2001), the industry produces 2,000 tons of reindeer meat and generates 35 million euros annually. Banfield rejected this classification in 1961. But there was a man who wished for caribou, and he cut a hole deep in the ground, and up this hole came caribou, many caribou. [99] During the late Pleistocene era, reindeer occurred as far south as Nevada and Tennessee in North America and as far south as Spain in Europe. [142] In Alaska, reindeer herders use satellite telemetry to track their herds, using online maps and databases to chart the herd's progress. Reindeer – also called caribou – are ubiquitous in the world’s northern latitudes, but the populations closest to the North Pole are dwindling because of climate change. [138], DNA analysis indicates that reindeer were independently domesticated in Fennoscandia and Western Russia (and possibly Eastern Russia). Cold air can thus be warmed up by their body heat prior to entering their lungs. [citation needed] Domesticated reindeer are shorter-legged and heavier than their wild counterparts. Lemmings are found only in the Northern Hemisphere. ", "Evaluation of Programs and Activities in Support of the Species at Risk Act", 10.1890/0012-9658(2001)082[3556:aofcbo]2.0.co;2, "Caribou Census Complete: 325,000 animals", "Defining subspecies, invalid taxonomic tools, and the fate of the woodland caribou", "Rangifer tarandus caribou (Gmelin, 1788): Taxonomic Serial No. [141] Reindeer were imported first from Siberia and later also from Norway. Shoulder height is usually 85 to 150 cm (33 to 59 in), and the tail is 14 to 20 cm (5.5 to 7.9 in) long. This arctic creature is most commonly thought of as North American, but may also be found in Finland, Norway, and Greenland as well. Lemming, any of 20 species of small rodents, some of which undertake large, swarming migrations. Brown bears and polar bears prey on reindeer of all ages, but like the wolverines they are most likely to attack weaker animals, such as calves and sick reindeer, since healthy adult reindeer can usually outpace a bear. It can be prepared fresh, but also dried, salted and hot- and cold-smoked. They subsisted on caribou year-round, eating dried caribou meat in the winter. Habitat and range. Habitat and Range. [citation needed]. [84] The tapetum lucidum of Arctic reindeer eyes changes in colour from gold in summer to blue in winter to improve their vision during times of continuous darkness, and perhaps enable them to better spot predators. [citation needed], In most populations both sexes grow antlers; the reindeer is the only cervid species in which females grow them as well as males. There is an ox shaped like a stag. By 2004 all three were designated as "endangered."[123]. The last remaining wild tundra reindeer in Europe are found in portions of southern Norway. Rangifer herd size varies greatly in different geographic regions. [1] By the 4-Würm period (110,000–70,000 to 12,000–10,000 BP) its European range was very extensive. Some populations of North American caribou, for example many herds in the barren-ground caribou subspecies and some woodland caribou in Ungava and Labrador, migrate the farthest of any terrestrial mammal, travelling up to 5,000 km (3,000 mi) a year, and covering 1,000,000 km2 (400,000 sq mi). [2] This includes both sedentary and migratory populations. The reindeer is the only domesticated deer in the world, though it may be more accurate to consider reindeer as semi-domesticated. While these animals are found across the globe in polar regions, they are found in generally one of two types of habitats. In winter they dig with their hooves into the snow, which is called cratering, to find the lichen they often eat, known as “reindeer moss”. They ran out of wood for the steamboats, and had to go back down 40 miles to the wood pile to pick up some more wood. In the traditional lifestyle of the Inuit people, the Northern First Nations people, the Alaska Natives, and the Kalaallit of Greenland, reindeer is an important source of food, clothing, shelter and tools. It was introduced between 1771 and 1787 in three regions, the Southwest, North, and East. These are countercurrent exchange systems with the same fluid, usually blood, in a circuit, used for both directions of flow.[74]. There is also a source page so … It is an animal whose habitat is in the Arctic areas of both North America and Eurasia. These can, with some certainty, be dated to the Migration Period, although it is not unlikely that they have been in use since the Stone Age. The antler velvet of the barren-ground caribou and boreal woodland caribou is dark chocolate brown. [143] The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), a circumpolar organisation, was established in 2005 by the Norwegian government. [52][53] The number of points on male reindeer increases from birth to five years of age and remains relatively constant from then on. When snow begins to fall, caribou move south and travel to more sheltered climes where they can feed on moss or lichens. Based on Banfield's often-cited A Revision of the Reindeer and Caribou, Genus Rangifer (1961),[33] R. t. caboti (the Labrador caribou), R. t. osborni (Osborn's caribou—from British Columbia) and R. t. terraenovae (the Newfoundland caribou) were considered invalid and included in R. t. caribou. ICR represents over 20 indigenous reindeer peoples and about 100,000 reindeer herders in 9 different national states. The Taimyr herdof migrating Siberian tundra reindeer (R. t. sibiricus) in Russia is the largest wild reindeer herd in the world, varying between 400,000 … The caribou came pouring out, until the earth was almost covered with them. In one project lead research associate and fluent speaker Gwich’in elder Kenneth Frank works with linguists which include young Gwich'in speakers affiliated with the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks to document traditional knowledge of caribou anatomy. [107] They are the only animals (except for some gastropods) in which the enzyme lichenase, which breaks down lichenin to glucose, has been found. It is thought that this ability helps them to survive in the Arctic, because many objects that blend into the landscape in light visible to humans, such as urine and fur, produce sharp contrasts in ultraviolet. [70][Notes 4] Fur is the primary insulation factor that allows reindeer to regulate their core body temperature in relation to their environment, the thermogradient, even if the temperature rises to 100 °F (38 °C). The young males engage in fights with their antlers towards autumn…soon after the velvet had fallen off they will be red, as they start to get bleached their colour changes… When the velvet starts to fall off the antler is red because the antler is made from blood. To the Inuit, for whom the caribou is a "culturally important keystone species", the months are named after landmarks in the caribou life cycle. [51], The coat has two layers of fur: a dense woolly undercoat and longer-haired overcoat consisting of hollow, air-filled hairs. 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[citation needed] There is also some evidence to suggest that on occasion, especially in the spring when they are nutritionally stressed,[109] they will feed on small rodents (such as lemmings),[110] fish (such as Arctic char), and bird eggs. There are two varieties, or ecotypes: tundra reindeer and forest (or woodland) reindeer. The knees of many subspecies of reindeer are adapted to produce a clicking sound as they walk. The supply began to get low during the Mesolithic, when reindeer retired to the north. Reindeer are not native to Iceland. Sautéed reindeer is the best-known dish in Sápmi. Additional winter protection comes from the long hair between the "toes"; it covers the pads so the caribou walks only on the horny rim of the hooves. Reindeer habitat is found far away from civilization, and the biggest part of the hunt’s price is travel and camping. "[40] COSEWIC developed Designated Unit (DU) attribution to add to classifications already in use. [108] However, they also eat the leaves of willows and birches, as well as sedges and grasses. As of January 2018, there are fewer than 9,000 animals estimated to be left in the George River herd, as reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. [148][149], Around the world, public interest in reindeer peaks in the Christmas period. [9], The table above includes R. tarandus caboti (Labrador caribou), R. tarandus osborni (Osborn's caribou – from British Columbia) and R. tarandus terraenovae (Newfoundland caribou). 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Some inhabit vast, open tundra, while others live along the edges and amongst forests. The North American range of caribou extends from Alaska through Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut into the boreal forest and south through the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia and Selkirk Mountains. Names for reindeer in languages spoken throughout their (former) native range: The species' taxonomic name, Rangifer tarandus, was defined by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. [93][100] Today, wild reindeer have disappeared from these areas, especially from the southern parts, where it vanished almost everywhere. In numerous instances, populations of the same subspecies have evolved different demographic and behavioural adaptations, while populations from separate subspecies have evolved similar demographic and behavioural patterns... "[U]nderstanding ecotype in relation to existing ecological constraints and releases may be more important than the taxonomic relationships between populations. They are flattened, compact and relatively dense. Some consider Rudolph as part of the group as well, though he was not part of the original named work referenced previously. In Europe, caribou are referred to as “reindeer”, but all caribou and reindeer throughout the world are … There is strong regional variation in Rangifer herd size. "[58] The antlers typically have two separate groups of points, lower and upper. According to the Grubb (2005), Rangifer tarandus is "circumboreal in the tundra and taiga" from "Svalbard, Norway, Finland, Russia, Alaska (USA) and Canada including most Arctic islands, and Greenland, south to northern Mongolia, China (Inner Mongolia; now only domesticated or feral? This process is called antlerogenesis. [citation needed]. These “wandering deer” are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Caribou use these large, sharp-edged hooves to dig through the snow and uncover the lichens that sustain them in winter months. For other uses, see, Boreal woodland caribou (COSEWIC designation as threatened), Peary caribou (COSEWIC designation as endangered). The sale of fur and meat is an important source of income. “Without habitat protections, the chances of us seeing caribou in the Lower 48 again is pretty slim.” Read more: Capturing wild animals for study can stress them to death. "They tied up for seven days waiting for the caribou to cross. Gestation lasts 210 - 240 days and a single calf is produced. Depending on the number of hunt days, trophies, hunters in camp and whether a helicopter transfer is required, a Reindeer hunt in Russia may cost between $2,500 and $19,000. According to the Igloolik Oral History Project (IOHP), "Caribou antlers provided the Inuit with a myriad of implements, from snow knives and shovels to drying racks and seal-hunting tools. The prominent, palmate brow tines extend forward, over the face. Contemporary Canadian artist Brian Jungen's, of Dunne-za First Nations ancestry, commissioned an installation entitled "The ghosts on top of my head" (2010–11) in Banff, Alberta, which depicts the antlers of caribou, elk and moose.[154]. A male will stop eating during this time and lose much of his body reserves. The numbers of Russian reindeer herders have been drastically reduced since the fall of the Soviet Union. [95] The European populations are known to have shorter migrations. [111] Reindeer herded by the Chukchis have been known to devour mushrooms enthusiastically in late summer. [57] Woodland caribou antlers are thicker and broader than those of the barren-ground caribou and their legs and heads are longer. It can be combined with a moose and wolf hunt as well. They have been known to eat their own fallen antlers, probably for calcium. The king and his advisors believed reindeer would thrive in Icelandic conditions. In traditional nomadic herding, reindeer herders migrate with their herds between coastal and inland areas according to an annual migration route and herds are keenly tended. According to Olaus Magnus's Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus – printed in Rome in 1555 – Gustav I of Sweden sent 10 reindeer to Albert I, Duke of Prussia, in the year 1533. The only forests found in these areas are boreal forests, also known as “taiga,” or “snow” forests. "[34], In 2005, an analysis of mtDNA found differences between the caribou from Newfoundland, Labrador, southwestern Canada, and southeastern Canada, but maintained all in R. t. Reindeer are excellent swimmers and when migrating they will not hesitate to swim across a lake or river that is in their path. According to the IUCN Red List the total population size of this species is around 2,890,410 mature individuals. Reindeer inhabit the subarctic forests and arctic tundra of Greenland, northern North America, and northern Europe across to East Asia. Infections create an effect known as culling: infected migrating animals are less likely to complete the migration. [2] Young caribou can already outrun an Olympic sprinter when only a day old. [2], In North America, R. t. dawsoni is extinct,[123][11][10] R. t. pearyi is endangered, R. t. caribou is designated as threatened and some individual populations are endangered. The animals came from Norway and were supposed to be domesticated here, but they have been feral from the beginning. They are important prey species for bears, wolves and other large predators, especially during the season of calving. Most herders were Nenets, who were mobilised from the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, but reindeer herders from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Komi also participated. You can find reindeer (or caribou) to the north in the arctic and subarctic regions of the planet. This can be seen well in North America, where the northernmost subspecies, the Peary caribou, is the whitest and smallest subspecies of the continent, while the southernmost subspecies, the boreal woodland caribou, is the darkest and largest. Oil and mineral exploration may threaten the reindeer habitat. Like all other land mammals reindeer were brought to Iceland by humans: The only native land mammal in Iceland is the Arctic Fox. [73], Blood moving into the legs is cooled by blood returning to the body in a countercurrent heat exchange (CCHE), a highly efficient means of minimising heat loss through the skin's surface. In describing woodland caribou, SARA wrote, "During the rut, males engage in frequent and furious sparring battles with their antlers. Reindeer is the European name for the species while in North America, the species is known as Caribou. Now there is a push to list the large deer as endangered. Reindeer live in some of the coldest places on earth. 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