South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
"History of Reindeer"
Issue date: 14th October 2014
In 1911 Lauritz Larsen, the manager of the Ocean Harbour whaling station, and his brother CA Larsen, introduced ten Reindeer to the Barff Peninsula as a reminder of home and for recreational hunting. In a letter to the then Magistrate (Edward Binnie), CA Larsen wrote “I feel sure they will thrive and become prolific in time, if they are left alone, which would most assuredly be an asset to South Georgia”. Further introductions were made to the Busen Area in 1911 and 1925 and, as Larsen suggested, the Reindeer thrived.