"If the caribou die, then we die." These few words speak eloquently to the significance of caribou for northern peoples. They were spoken not by a wise old chief, but by a 13-year-old Dene youth in 2007 during a hearing regarding uranium exploration on the caribou wintering grounds.
Right now there is urgent, widespread concern about the future of the most central of species: caribou. Caribou and the North brings both the facts and the feelings of the current situation to a North American readership. The writers look at why we need to conserve the caribou, the threats that have faced caribou in the past, present, and future, and the actions that we can take. Also included is an appendix with up-to-date information on the range, movements, habitats, numbers, population trends, and key threats to caribou in North America.
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 1107 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 25 mm
This reader-friendly tome is the best current review of what is happening to caribou across North America ... the attractive multicolored maps convey a wealth of current information ... Anyone interested in the conservation of caribou in North America should purchase this book ... It is a reliable and current overview of one of the major conservation issues in North America.-- Donald C. Thomas
"... the publication of record for anyone wanting to know the current status of caribou across North America ...Anyone interested in knowing how the caribou are faring should read this book ... it is very readable, yet authoritative, and replete with excellent photographs and detailed maps."-- Above and Beyond
"Caribou and the North is an engaging introduction to these animals and how crucial they are to their environment ... Hummel and Ray will likely draw you into the story whether you would like to find out more about caribou, the cultures of northern aboriginals, or how anthropogenic climate change is stressing and will continue stressing both animals and the peoples of the North ... After finishing Caribou and the North you may well find yourself hoping that neither of them "goes" anywhere! For if either disappears, both will be gone ... and if both are gone, then so many other life-forms will not be far behind. - Justin Van Kleeck, Sustainablog.org
"a wonderful fountain of information ..." - The TerraMadre
"A fascinating and often troubling look at a resilient animal and its importance to far northern cultures and the increasing threats it faces."-- Randy Midzain * Winnipeg Free Press *
"... book of great visual beauty packed with information about a threatened ecosystem and its "star", the giant migrating caribou herds."-- Barbara Julian, Animal Literature
"... a gorgeous, thoroughly researched and, more important, passionate book ..."* Now Magazine *