Santa’s Helpers Visit the Zoo for the Holiday Season
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2017 – A pair of reindeer are visiting the Zoo for the holiday season. Santa’s helpers Sam and Jacob arrived from the Far North and are settled into their new home, a temporary exhibit near the Victorian Greenhouse. The yearling males will be Zoo guests until New Year’s, with the possible exception of Christmas Eve. (Their short departure on that evening would take place after the Zoo closes for the evening, and they would be back in their enclosure on the morning of December 26, when the Zoo re-opens after Christmas.)
“Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to welcome our reindeer guests. It’s been a long time since we’ve had reindeer at the Zoo, so we encourage everyone to come visit them while they’re here,” said Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our guests to see these fascinating animals up close.”
The zoo is grateful to our special exhibit sponsors for making the reindeer visit possible: People’s United Bank, Wheels Up, and Aquarion Water Company.
Reindeer are medium-sized deer entirely covered in fur from their noses to their hooves. They are the only deer species to have fur completely covering their nose. Their antlers are the Reindeer’s most striking characteristic, and in comparison to their body size, Reindeer have the largest and heaviest antlers of all living deer species. They are also the only species where both males and females have antlers. Reindeer weigh between 240 and 600 pounds, and are between four and five feet tall. They are uniquely adapted to the cold Tundra environment. Their noses are specially designed to warm the air before it gets to their lungs. Recently, researchers at University College London discovered they are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light, a clear benefit in the glowing white landscape of the Arctic.