See Caribou Grazing in the Canadian Wilds

Round the northeast corner of the Canadian Wilds and you may suddenly feel the urge to sing carols and jingle bells. The Calgary Zoo’s woodland caribou aren’t reindeer, but they do belong to the same species. Both males and females carry impressive antlers and call Canada’s northern forests home. 

Conservation Status

Source: SARA

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You can find this animal in
Canadian Wilds

Exhibit Details

Best Viewing Times

Around midday

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Caribou have large hooves that spread out, acting like snowshoes and also as handy scoops to dig in the snow for food. Sharp edges on their hooves provide excellent traction on ice and rock.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Rangifer tarandus caribou


115 kg - 180 kg (250 lb. - 400 lb.)


Length of 1.2 m (3.9 ft.)

Conservation Status



Boreal forests, arctic tundra and mountains


Lichens are main food source in winter, summer grasses, broad-leafed plants and forbs

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