Show your “Bou” you care – sponsor the Caribou at the Minnesota Zoo!

Did you know that caribou and reindeer are classified as the same species, Rangifer tarandus?  North American caribou have never been domesticated, while some Old World reindeer remain wild and others have been domesticated for centuries.

Woodland Caribou were once found throughout northern Minnesota, but populations dropped during the 1800s due to logging, hunting, and the northward expansion of white-tailed deer, which carry a parasitic worm that kills moose and caribou. Logging, fossil fuel exploration, habitat destruction and fragmentation, wolf predation, hunting, and poaching have all contributed to the decline of caribou in recent years. Learn more about the Caribou

Your gift to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation will help us provide the resources necessary for the Zoo to maintain the best possible care for all of our amazing animals, while also continuing our conservation efforts here at home and around the world.

Your sponsorship includes:

  • 12” plush caribou.
  • An animal sponsorship certificate.
  • A Caribou trading card with a photo and fun facts.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference at the Minnesota Zoo.

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For more information, contact Michele.Smith at [email protected], 952.431.9342, or toll free at 800.366.7811 x342. Thank you for your interest in supporting the Minnesota Zoo Foundation!