Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Feature:
Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
Key Resources:

Caribou

Caribou in North America are really wild reindeer. Sometimes running 50 miles per hour, caribou migrate more than 3,000 miles every year—farther than any other land animal—on special, large hooves that act like snowshoes on snow and soggy tundra and efficient paddles in fast-flowing water.
Photo Credit:
Art Wolfe / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Caribou

Scientific Name: 
Rangifer tarandus
IUCN Red List: 
No data
Endangered Species Act List: 
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Caribou in North America are actually just wild reindeer. These animals are literally born to run—a Caribou calf can be up and running within 90 minutes of its birth. With speeds of 60-80 miles per hour, some caribou herds migrate more than 3,000 miles every year to their calving grounds—farther than any other terrestrial migration on Earth. The caribou makes this epic journey across different types of terrain using special, large hooves that act like snowshoes on snow and soggy tundra and efficient paddles in fast-flowing rivers.

Climate Change Impacts

Climate change is increasing moisture in the Arctic air, leading to unusually freezing rains in the fall that can put a impenetrable glaze of ice over the lichens that caribou prefer to feed on. This robs the hungry, migrating animals of one of their most important winter food sources. Changes in climate could also favor mosquitoes, flies, and other parasites that torment caribou and prevent them from feeding and storing up energy for the winter.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

The Earthjustice traveling photo exhibit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, is available to bring education, scholarship and research to your community. For more information on booking the exhibit, including fees, exhibit specifications, requirements and descriptions, please contact Nadine de Coteau at 1-800-584-6460.