Zooquaria 96: 20-21.
To counteract the ongoing population decline, reintroductions will be undertaken in two Finnish Natura 2000 areas in western Finland, south of the current distribution range. The reintroductions form part of a larger, seven-year EU LIFE project on forest reindeer population management. Fifteen-hectare acclimatisation enclosures will be built in both areas to house 10 to 15 animals each. Reindeer from four participating EAZA zoos will be mixed with wild individuals captured by staff from the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Calves bred in the enclosures will then be soft-released when they are between 18 months and two years old.