These noble members of the deer family were once one of Canada’s most widespread wildlife species, found in over 80% of the country. Today though, their numbers are dropping dramatically—for many herds by more than 90%. The average weight is 55 kilograms to 318 kilograms and their lifespan is 10-15 years. Unlike other members of the deer family, both male and female caribou display antlers for part of the year.

Fun facts

Have scent glands on ankles and will rear up on its hind legs to release a scent that alerts other caribou of danger.