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Reindeer, People, Pastures

Welcome to the world of reindeer husbandry. A project of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Association of World Reindeer Herders (Assn WRH). This site will take you on a circum-Arctic tour of reindeer and people, a connection that is strong, ancient and profound. From the New World reindeer herding in Alaska, all the way around Eurasia, Mongolia and northern China, the world of Reindeer husbandry encompasses a wide diversity of peoples, languages, landscapes and cultures.

However, the livelihood is in essence, practiced in remarkably similar ways, speaking to a bond between people and reindeer that holds much wisdom about how to survive and thrive in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Need a beginners guide to reindeer husbandry? Start Here


Reindeer Herding news

Reindeer Herders in Mongolia Celebrate Reindeer Growth

A cattle census made at the end of 2018 shows that the number of reindeer population of Mongolia increased to 2396. In particular, reindeer herder families in the taiga area of Mongolia whose lives depend on their reindeers, had 814 reindeers by the end of 2016, however, the number reached 2396 reindeer herded by 85 families, increasing three times. As of now, in Tsagaannuur soum of Khuvsgul aimag has a population of 2006 people. Also, 755 Tuva people living in the western and eastern Taiga of Mongolia, receiving an allowance from the government.


Celebrating the historic milestone of two thousand reindeer in Mongolia, “Reindeer Festival – 2000 Reindeer Celebration” was organized under the auspices of the President of Mongolia on August 16 and 17 in Tsagaannuur soum, Khuvsgul aimag. The event was aimed at promoting the heritage and culture of the reindeer people to the public and develop reindeer husbandry.  

Sami reindeer herder and General adviser of the Assocition of World Reindeer Herders - Johan Mathis Turi, also arrived to Tsagaannuur to participate in celebrations. 

August 19, 2019

Reindeer Herding news

Book on Arctic Indigenous Peoples Food Systems nominated for Gourmand Awards 2019

Recently published scientific journal Diedut: Arctic Indigenous Peoples Food Systems is one of the results of the RIEVDAN project which was conducted...

June 12, 2019

Stunning pictures of Mongolian reindeer herders

Stunning pictures of Mongolian reindeer herders

“One of the last remaining nomadic groups of reindeer herders has been tracked down and captured on camera in northern Mongolia. Japanese photographer Madoka Ikegami visited the...

June 11, 2019

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