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.
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
Rangifer tarandus caribou
115 kg - 180 kg (250 lb. - 400 lb.)
Length of 1.2 m (3.9 ft.)
Boreal forests, arctic tundra and mountains
Lichens are main food source in winter, summer grasses, broad-leafed plants and forbs