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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
Wissenschaftl. Name Rangifer tarandus
Ordnung Artiodactyla
Familie Deer
Größe Schulterhöhe bis 140 cm
Gewicht ♂ bis 300 kg, ♀ bis 140 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit ca. 7 Monate
Verbreitung North America, northern Eurasia
Lebensraum tundra, highland
Nahrung Leaves, Herbs, Mushrooms, lichen, Cladonia
Bestand not endangered