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What is another name for a reindeer?

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Caribou is another name for reindeer. These animals are generally referred to as caribou by the people in North America and Greenland and are called reindeer by those living in northern Eurasia.

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North American caribou are generally larger than their Eurasian counterparts. Because food is not plentiful in the Arctic, caribou herds must roam great distances in order to survive, particularly during the winter when the majority of the available food is in the form of various lichens.

Eurasian reindeer were domesticated over 2,000 years ago and are still herded by modern residents of northern Eurasia. They are smaller than the caribou of North America.

As of 2014, some scientific doubt exists concerning whether reindeer and caribou are actually the same species. Further research is needed to accurately track the evolutionary journey of these animals.

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    What is a male reindeer called?

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    A male reindeer is called a bull, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Females are referred to as cows, and babies are calves. Reindeer are domesticated in Europe, but in North America, they roam free and are called caribou.

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    What are the differences between reindeer and caribou?

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    Reindeer are probably a domesticated form of caribou, says the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Reindeer are slightly smaller than caribou. Reindeer are shorter and stockier than caribou, and have thicker, denser coats. There may be two different species of caribou, one that is that same species as reindeer and one that is not, says Discovery News.

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    What is the difference between reindeer and deer?

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    White-tailed deer live in meadows and forests, and they have poor adaptations for snow, whereas reindeer live in cold areas and have special split hooves for walking on ice and snow. Both male and female reindeer also have antlers. In contrast, only the male of the species for White-tailed deer have antlers.

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    Do female reindeer have antlers?

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    Reindeer are the only species of deer in which both the females and males grow antlers. Female reindeer can grow antlers that are 20 inches long, and males can grow a 51 inch long rack of antlers. Antlers are shed and re-grown each year.

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