Caribou

Woodland caribou
Woodland caribou

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyCervidae
SubfamilyCapreolinae
TribeRangiferini
GenusRangifer
Binomial nameRangifer tarandus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The boreal woodland caribou is a type of reindeer that lives in the northern part of North America. Their color changes throughout the year from dark brown in summer to grayish-brown in winter.

Caribou measure from 1 to 1.2 m (shoulder height) and weigh from 110 to 210 kg. This herbivore eats sedges, leaves, grasses, and mosses, and live in boreal forests. Their lifespan is 10 to 15 years, and are another endangered species.