20 Dec '11, 1pm

Did you know that Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, is also in need of greater #conservation action?

Reindeer: not just for Christmas 20 December 2011 | News story Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer may be famous for guiding Santa Claus through the night sky, but reindeer do more than just pull toy-laden sleighs—reindeer are an important food source and serve many ecological functions, yet are also in need of stronger conservation strategies, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Reindeer, also known as Caribou (Rangifer tarandus ) in North America, are members of the deer family and are the only deer species of which both males and females possess antlers. One of the most amazing things about wild reindeer is the sheer scale of their seasonal migrations—individuals may migrate over 3000 km in a year in search of sheltered climates and food. Reindeer diets vary between seasons, in summer they will eat plants and grasses and in winter they eat lic...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/?8879/Reindeer-not-just-for-Christmas

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