Know your reindeer
While all fall under the species Rangifer tarandus, there are several subspecies
The smallest of the North American caribou, the Peary caribou is around 1.4 to 1.7 metres (4.6 to 5.9 feet) in length and is found in the Northwest Territories in Canada and the Arctic islands of Nunavut. They enjoy eating the saxifrage flower.
Found on the Svalbard archipelago of Norway, the smallest subspecies of reindeer has shorter legs, a whiter, thicker fur coat and weighs 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) at most. Well adapted to the cold, it’s the northernmost living herbivore mammal.
This caribou takes its name from the barren calving grounds in the Canadian territories of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. They are a medium-sized subspecies and make up 50 per cent of the caribou population in Canada.
finnish forest reindeer
Native to Finland and northwest Russia, this reindeer is rarely seen. It is one of the largest subspecies, weighing up to 250 kilograms
(551.2 pounds). They have long legs and narrow, V-shaped antlers to help navigate the deep snow.