Reindeer Games in the Russian Arctic

December 21, 2017 - 7:00am

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Then One Foggy Christmas Spring Eve…

At the end of February each year, reindeer give it their all as they drag their herders across the ice and snow in frigid Nadym, Russia, on Reindeer Herders’ Day!

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Indigenous nomads from across the country meet in the Arctic to celebrate their lifestyle—some even traveling hundreds of miles across the frozen tundra to attend the competition! Reindeer games include wrestling, high jumps, and of course, reindeer racing.

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Reindeer Fun Facts

  • Some species of reindeer have knees that make a clicking sound when they walk, helping them locate one another and stay together in a blizzard!
  • Both male and female reindeer grow antlers!
  • Their noses may not glow red, but they are designed to warm the air they intake before it reaches their lungs.
  • Reindeer hooves change size in the summer and winter!
  • Some species migrate over 3,000 miles a year—more than any other land animal!

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