Oglebay’s reindeer spreading holiday cheer


Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

That title may go to Rudolph, but the Oglebay Good Zoo has two famous reindeer of its own. 

Princess and Dancer are ready to greet guests at the zoo, not only around Christmas, but all year long. 

And you might be surprised, what you hear in some of the carols is true. 

“The song ‘up on the housetop click click click’ it’s not talking about the hooves on the rooftop like you think it would be,” explained Wildlife Conservation Apprentice Molly Garrett. “It’s talking about there’s these tendons that slide over their feet and that’s what makes the clicking sound.”

Reindeer use that sound to find each other when they’re in the wild. 

Another fun fact, both the male and female reindeer have antlers. 

During the rest of this holiday season the Good Zoo has very limited spots open at its “Sleigh Bell Cafe” featuring dinner and a reindeer encounter. 

You can check open reservations by clicking here

“The kids faces light up when they actually get to meet one,” Garrett said. “I had a little boy the other day say ‘you know I’ve never met a reindeer before and now I get to go tell my friends I’ve met one’ and it’s just really fun.” 

They also have a few available times left for individual up-close encounters, but there are even more times available after the holidays and other days of the year to learn all about these beautiful reindeer. It doesn’t have to be just a Christmas activity!  

Garrett also reminded visitors that since the Festival of Lights runs until January 6th, you might try after the New Year to book an encounter and see the lights. 

Reservations are required for the animal encounters as well. You can call the zoo at 304-243-4100 or click here for more information.  

You can also see the reindeer at their exhibit anytime you visit the Oglebay Good Zoo. 

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