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NYC - AMNH: Hall of North American Mammals - Grant Caribou

The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou when wild in North America, is an Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer, widespread and numerous across the northern Holarctic.


This tundra scene on the Alaska Peninsula features a sand lake, margined by a muskeg swamp, across from a retreating glacier. The Peninsula is home of violent squalls, known locally as williwaws, a name originated for similar storms in Tierra del Fuego.


The American Museum of Natural History's Hall of North American Mammals first opened in 1942 with only ten dioramas and was completed in 1954. Today, it features 43 dioramas with 46 different mammal species in natural habitats, including some which preserve environments which have been exploited and degraded and are no longer hospitable to the animals. The specimens for the displays were produced from more than twenty-five Museum expeditions, ranging from Mexico to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. The dioramas, including background paintings and foreground objects, were decorated by architectural artist James Perry Wilson.

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Taken on December 6, 2008