Courtesy of Greg Finstad and Reindeer Roundup - A K-12 Educator's Guide to Reindeer in Alaska.
- Reindeer are members of the deer (Cervidae) family.
- Unlike other Cervidae members, both male and female reindeer grow antlers.
- Rangifer tarandus tarandus is their scientific name.
- Reindeer were first domesticated by people in northern Eurasia about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.
- Today reindeer live throughout the Arctic -- in Alaska, Canada, China, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.