12 Creatures of Christmas: Day 11 – Reindeer

The 12 Creatures of Christmas: Featuring some amazing and unique animals with a special holiday theme.

Reindeer are native to the tundras and forest of North America, Europe and Asia. They are also known as Caribou. A Reindeer’s nose is highly specialized allowing them to smell food hidden under snow or even allow them to detect the scents of possible predators. Their noses, though not red in color, is covered in hair, and their large nasal passages aid in warming the freezing cold air before entering their lungs.

Caribou – The Reindeer

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, and of course you recall the most famous reindeer of all…but did you know reindeer are also known as caribou?!

Reindeer and caribou are the same species – Rangifer tarandus. Reindeer is the name used when referring to the animals in Europe and Asia as well as domesticated individuals, while caribou is the name used for wild populations in North America. (see image…)