Baby reindeer born at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, first in a decade


A baby reindeer was born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in May, the zoo announced Wednesday.

The calf was named Derby in honor of her birthday on May 4, which was they day of the Kentucky Derby.

The zoo says she is the largest reindeer calf to be born at the zoo and is the first born to parents Tundra and Klondike.

Derby is the first reindeer calf to be born at the zoo in over a decade. The last reindeer calf was born in 2002.

Reindeer are native to the Arctic and Subarctic regions of the world, living in the tundra and taiga, and boreal forests of North America and northern Eurasia, the zoo says.

The zoo says that, unlike other members of the deer family, both male and female reindeer grow antlers.