Reindeer at

GarLyn Zoo Wildlife Park



 Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo   Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo   Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo


     Reindeer are fabulous animals and are one of the oldest animals on the North American continent, dating back thousands of years. Males are called (bulls), Females are (cows) and babies are (calves). Both male and female reindeer have antlers and on the males they become quite large and impressive. Even the calves produce antlers in their first year. Reindeer (as with most members of the deer family) shed and grow new antlers every year. Babies are born in early spring ( usually March or April here in Michigan) and generally only a single calf is born.
When hand raised on a bottle, Reindeer become quite tame and make great pets.
Easily kept in a 4 to 5 foot fence.


 Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo   Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo   Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo

     One note to this is that bull calves should never be made too friendly and should never be trusted during the Rut (breeding season). In my opinion a male reindeer raised for a pet, should be neutered and not kept for breeding. This comes from 1st hand experience. Reindeer need a high fiber diet. Here at GarLyn Zoological Park we feed Mazuri Wild Herbavore Pellets along with sugar beet pulp and good leafy hay. A couple of interesting behaviors that reindeer have is that they seem to drink with their feet. By that I mean that they always splash the water with their feet as if to be breaking ice before drinking. Another is the clicking sound that is made by the bones in their ankle when they walk. I was told this is possibly done so that if an animal is separated from the herd during a blizzard or during the long nights of the arctic winter, an individual animal could locate the rest of the herd by this clicking sound.
It is also how you can tell when Santa's on the roof top.


 Reindeer at GarLyn Zoo
New born Reindeer calves

Click on the link below to hear some animal sounds at the zoo
Animal Sounds