EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Forest reindeer

(Rangifer tarandus fennicus)​

 Hanna-Maija Lahtinen 
Institution:    Helsinki Zoo

→ EAZA Member Area

Helsinki Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List VU



Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon • Insurance population
The EAZA population has been managed as a backup population since 2001 and will be continued to serve as such in the future.

The EAZA population is supplying individuals for reintroduction/restocking in Finland. The captive population is thus part of an on-going Finnish LIFE project (WildForestReindeerLIFE - The wild forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) of Finland: Conservation and recovery of historic range). The LIFE project has made it possible to add new founders into the ex situ population and significantly expanded the GD in the current captive stock.
Indirect Conservation icon Conservation education
The captive population will be used to educate zoo visitors about a successful European reintroduction programme. For Finnish EAZA Members, the educational message of the cultural importance of forest reindeer will be underlined.

Programme partners


Programme numbers

In December 2020, the Forest reindeer EEP had 143 animals in 24 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The EAZA Deer TAG has a Facebook page where they publish relevant stories related to deer species and TAG-related news. If you want to keep up to date, please follow their Facebook page here.
  • There is an article about the Deer TAG space programme in Zooquaria 109 (Autumn 2020 - page 14). 
  • Watch this video about a reintroduction programme for European forest reindeer.
  • EAZA published its 2021 Annual TAG Report.

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