Welcome to Animals On the Move!

My children's book ON THE MOVE was published in Spring 2013 by Arbordale Publishing.
In this blog I will be letting you know about animal mass migrations taking place in North America.
So scroll on down!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Caribou (Reindeer) On the Move!

Caribou, also called Reindeer, are found in North America, Europe, Asia, and Greenland. In late spring and summer, herds of these magnificent creatures travel north so that cows can bear their young in areas where tender young plants grow in abundance.

copyright Susan Detwiler / On the Move by Scotti Cohn
The scientific name for this animal is Rangifer tarandus. But where do the names "caribou" and "reindeer" come from?

According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language: "The name caribou comes, through French, from Mi'kmaq qalipu, meaning "snow shoveler", referring to its habit of pawing through the snow for food."

The World English Dictionary tells us that "reindeer" comes from Old Norse hreindӯri, from hreinn  reindeer + dyr  animal; related to Dutch rendier, German Rentier.
copyright Susan Detwiler / On the Move by Scotti Cohn

Here are some places where you can learn more about caribou migration: