It’s the time of year we often think of reindeer, but how much do we really know about these animals?
Reindeer (their Latin name is Rangifer tarandus) live in areas far north. In North America they are called caribou. They are well adapted to living in cold, harsh climates having a thick coat which is woolly and warm underneath and with hairs above that trap a layer of insulating air. They have large flat hooves which are good for walking on snow, but equally good at walking on soft ground.
Reindeer have big antlers which grow new each year. The males have the biggest antlers while the females have smaller simpler ones.
Reindeer like to stick together and so live in herds. They often migrate over large distances, moving south as areas get colder during the winter; and North again when spring arrives.
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For crafts and pictures:
Here are some reindeer crafts
Cool reindeer paper-chain
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and fun filled festive season