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Svalbard Reindeer: Thriving Again on the Tundra

Perhaps the most endearing animal observed on our summer 2014 sojourn in the Arctic was the Svalbard reindeer, a subspecies of reindeer endemic to the archipelago midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. Depleted by hunting over more than six decades, the Svalbard reindeer has been recovering strongly under Norway’s conservation measures, and there may now be as many as 10,000 of them on the islands.

Global Warming Boosting Reindeer on Norwegian Island—For Now

Reindeer on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago are bucking the trend and thriving, according to a long-term study.

A Geography of Rudolph

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a favorite story for kids during the holidays. This post is a geography of reindeer and what makes them unique and able to survive in the frozen tundra around the Arctic Ocean.

Wisdom of Elders Better Than Science or the Internet: “They Still Know How to Cook Mammoth”

“Our elders are the best source of information. Better than science or the internet,” said Petr Kaurgin, a Chukchi reindeer herder from the remote Turvaurgin nomadic tribal community in north-eastern Siberia. Kaurgin delivered his message to climate scientists from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other Indigenous peoples at the closing of the Climate…

Caribou Survival Depends on Ancient Cultural Knowledge

It’s beginning to be the time of year when caribou, as reindeer are known in North America, show up on holiday cards and tree ornaments. But not all is well with this iconic species, which has been in retreat from humans for decades. Now new thinking about the conservation and restoration of North America’s wild herds of caribou combines…

Are Caribou Destined to Survive Only on Holiday Cards?

Photo by L.S. Vors/WCS Caribou could soon become endangered by threats such as oil exploration and climate change, according to a new book by authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund. “Many children who grow up in North America and Europe are familiar with caribou as symbols of holiday myths and…