Ivan A. Mizin, Researcher of the Russian Arctic National Park (163000, Arkhangelsk, Sovetskikh Kosmonavtov av., 57); e-mail:
Taras P. Sipko, Senior Researcher of the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution (119071, Moscow, Lenina av., 33); e-mail:
Andrey V. Davydov, Head of Survey Department of the Information and Analysis Control Centre of Hunting Game and Their Habitats (107140, Moscow, Verkhnya Krasnoselskaya st, 11A, b. 1); e-mail:
Alexander R. Gruzdev, Director of the State Nature Reserve Wrangel Island (689400, Chukotka Autonomous District, Pevek, Obrucheva st., 38); e-mail:

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Mizin I.A., Sipko T.P., Davydov A.V., Gruzdev A.R. 2018. The wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus: Cervidae, Mammalia) on the arctic islands of Russia: a review. Nature Conservation Research 3(3): 1–14.

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The article presents summary data on the wild reindeer's (Rangifer tarandus) distribution on islands in the Russian Arctic. It discusses the abundance, diet, and general state of knowledge about the species in remote areas, especially on Novaya Zemlya and Wrangel Island. Brief data are provided about domestic reindeer grazing on the Arctic islands. Literature data are complemented with research findings in recent years. A negative trend is demonstrated in the wild reindeer abundance; also the need for studying isolated populations is emphasised.


abundance, Arctic, distribution, domestic and wild reindeer, living environment, Novaya Zemlya, nutrition peculiarities, Wrangel Island

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