Hand-rearing wild caribou calves for studies of nutritional ecology. Academic Article uri icon


  • Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) are considered difficult to hand-rear in captivity because they are sensitive to the composition and volume of formulated milks. We used a strict feeding schedule and a commercial milk formula designed specifically for caribou to bottle-feed neonates captured from five wild caribou herds in Alaska. Under a feeding protocol adjusted for age and mass, the growth rates and body mass of 26 hand-reared caribou calves to weaning were similar to those of three maternally nursed caribou. This protocol allows caretakers to hand-rear caribou that are as representative as possible of maternally raised neonates.

published proceedings

  • Zoo Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Parker, K. L., & Barboza, P. S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Parker, Katherine L||Barboza, Perry S

publication date

  • March 2013