If you live in Europe, you might know the caribou (Rangifer tarandus) as a reindeer. However, in Alaska, the name “caribou” is saved for the wild version of the animal, while the domesticated ones are known as reindeer.
The ~750,000 caribou in Alaska live and travel in herds. These can be as small as 10, or as large as the Western Arctic Herd, estimated at about 325,000. Because Caribou are often on the move, it can be hard to find a reliable spot in Alaska to see them. However, Denali National Park is a good bet for spotting these creatures, especially if you go early and drive deep into the park.vi