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 Reindeer Facts  
  • Reindeer are members of the deer (Cervidae) family.

  • Unlike other Cervidae members, both male and female reindeer grow antlers.

  • Rangifer tarandus tarandus is their scientific name.

  • Reindeer were first domesticated by people in northern Eurasia about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.

  • Today reindeer live throughout the Arctic -- in Alaska, Canada, China, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.

Courtesy of Greg Finstad and Reindeer Roundup - A K-12 Educator's Guide to Reindeer in Alaska.

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