To ring in the most wonderful time of the year, the San Francisco Zoo is once again rolling out the reindeer. The annual holiday tradition, called Reindeer Romp, will feature three live reindeer — Belle, Holly, and Peppermint — and the animals will hold court at the zoo’s Playfield Lawn facility.
These are not the most famous reindeer of all, and they’re certainly not tiny. Adult male reindeer typically weigh more than 350 pounds, and the females more than 200 pounds, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
You can behold the majesty of these magnificent, antlered beasts in a YouTube video from the zoo.
Reindeer belong to the caribou species, and they are somewhat endangered.
“Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as ‘vulnerable’ after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years,” according to the zoo’s website.
The reindeer will remain in residence beyond one foggy Christmas Eve, and can be seen at the San Francisco Zoo through Jan. 1, 2017. Hardcore holiday enthusiasts will also want to note the ZooLights 2016 activities kicking off on Dec. 16.