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Finnish Forest Reindeer have found a home in our Domain!

07/05/2018

Great news for the Wildlife Park: we have just welcomed four forest reindeers!

Forest reindeer

The Finnish forest reindeer is a distant cousin of the mountain reindeer. The reindeer found in Europe are mainly semi-domesticated mountain reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus), like the ones you can admire at the very beginning of the Walking trail crossing the Park.

The sub-species known as the Finnish forest reindeer probably first appeared in Fennoscandia about 5,000 years ago. It was a prey of choice for the hunters of the Stone Age who populated the area that is now known as Finland. Nowadays, there are only about 2,000 forest reindeer left in Finland. The species is threatened by extinction because of its low birth rate and the ever increasing mortality rate due to a variety of factors such as deforestation, poaching, road accidents, climate change and predation by large predators.

This is also the Park’s way of contributing to the WildForestReindeerLIFE project whose goal is to reinforce its natural population, with the help of captive animals, in order to save this endangered species!

You can admire the forest reindeer just opposite the treetop walkway.

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