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(engl: Reindeer)

Antlers for the ladies too

The small european reindeer lives in the Nuremberg Zoo. The reindeer is the only deer species in which both genders have antlers. They are smaller and less branched in females.

Equipped with snowshoes

Reindeer live in the far north. Their hooves and toes are wide. As a result, they have a large tread which stops them sinking in the snow. Their flexible foot pads create cracking noises when they run. Reindeer also use their hooves to find food underneath snow. This is how they get to their main food source, reindeer lichen.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Rentier
Verbreitungsgebiet: Rentier
Scientific Surname Rangifer tarandus
Order Artiodactyla
Family Deer
Size shoulder height till 140 cm
Weight male: 300 kg, female: 140 kg
Reproduction gestation period 7 month
Distribution North America, northern Eurasia
Habitat tundra, highland
Food Leaves, Herbs, Mushrooms, lichen, Cladonia
Livestock not endangered