Reindeer Fun Facts

13 Cool Reindeer Facts You Should Know

Reindeer can run well. They can run 36-48 miles per hour.

Reindeer are known in North America as caribou and Scientific name is Rangifer tarandus

Reindeer have no horns. But both male and female reindeer have antlers. At the age of two months, the cubs begin to molt their antlers, which continue to grow each year. 

Reindeer have no horns. But both male and female reindeer have antlers. At the age of two months, the cubs begin to molt their antlers, which continue to grow each year. 

Reindeer is a species of deer. One difference between them and deer is that both males and females grow antlers. The antlers of male reindeer can grow up to 1.4 meters.

Reindeer have poor eyesight and hearing. So reindeer use their sense of smell to navigate and find food.

The reindeer's body is specially adapted to survive in harsh cold conditions like snow. Due to the difference in the structure of the legs, they can move in the snow.

The reindeer gestation period is seven to eight months. A mother reindeer gives birth to 1-2 cubs in spring. Reindeer cubs weigh 10-11 pounds at birth. They can run soon after birth.

Wild reindeer live in a herd.

Reindeer began to be domesticated in northern Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland around the 18th century.

Wild reindeer migrate. In winter, they migrate south where it is less cold. Again during summer they migrate northwards.

Reindeer, like all other mammals, are born swimmers. Adult reindeer can swim at a speed of 6.5-10 kilometers per hour.

The nomadic reindeer are constantly moving from one place to another throughout the year. North American reindeer travel up to 5000 kilometers per year. Which is the largest among land mammals.