David J Slater, SVALBARD,
Norway, August 2010
Svalbard reindeer are a product of man's interference
with nature through accidental escape. A popuation
of something like a dozen Lapland Reindeer were released
accidentally on purpose by some European explorers in
the 20th Century. They survived against all odds
and are the most numerous and possibly charismatic
mammal today after the Poar Bear. They nay have
speciated, a fact that may be giving thew protection
from hunting by the Norwegian elite.
Here are possibly the ancient forerunners of the Svalbard
Reindeer. Taken in captivity in the Highland Wildlife
Park in Scotland!