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Caribou

Rangifer tarandus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Caribou diorama in the North American Mammal Hall

Scene:

 Headwaters of Beaver Creek, near the Yukon Alaska border

Sponsor:

 The 1957 Hugh H. Logan Arctic Expedition and Mr. Robert Elder (Young Calf)

Also present:

 Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Caribou is another name for reindeer but the North American examples are lighter and more slender legged than the European domesticated form.

Caribou and reindeer are the only members of the deer family in which both males and females have antlers.


Biological Information

Range map for the caribou

Range:

Northern sub-polar regions

Habitat:

Treeless arctic tundra, northern evergreen forests and associated bog land

Status:

Endangered in eastern North America but common over the rest of its range

Diet:

Leaves of shrubs and grass-like plants in the summer; lichens in the winter

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for caribou.