The story of the contemporary caribou begins during the last Ice Age, over two million years ago. This origin is appropriate; the caribou are rugged survivors, forged by icy terrain and windswept snow, enduring some of the coldest and harshest environments on the planet. Illustrated with exquisite photographs by famed wilderness photographer and writer Mark Raycroft, Caribou: Wind Walkers of the Northern Wilderness celebrates this fascinating and breathtaking animal.
Calling tundra and boreal forests their home, there are over 2.5 million caribou worldwide with 15 subspecies, the largest of which is the boreal woodland caribou, found in Alaska and the north of Canada. Revered, hunted and domesticated by cultures across the globe for thousands of years, caribou (also known as reindeer) migrate farther than any other land mammal in search of food, with some having been documented travelling 700 kilometres. With its towering antlers, weather-resistant coat of fur and ability to forage lichen and fungi buried deep beneath the ice and snow, the caribou are an awe-inspiring symbol of perseverance.
Mark Raycroft is a professional wildlife photographer and biologist based in Ontario, Canada. He has spent over 25 years photographing, filming and writing about caribou. His work has been featured worldwide in a range of publications including National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Wildlife, Outdoor Canada, Field and Stream, Ranger Rick, Outdoor Life, Backpacker and Wild magazines. He also authored the award-winning book Moose: Crowned Giant of the Northern Wilderness.
Pili Palm-Leis is a published author, artist, nature lover and advocate for planet Earth. In her time spent in the presence of caribou, Pili has come to love and appreciate these peaceful animals.