The Caribou is a beautiful, powerful, and fascinating species of wolverine. Known for its large body size (the largest among all wolverines), the animal stands up on its hind legs to look more like a tree trunk than a wolverine. With a head much larger than its natural body size, the animal stands nearly two meters high at shoulders, with a broad, rounded humpback appearance. Its thick, bushy tail helps the animal shed most of its under-scaled fur to keep warm during winter.
DescriptionThe reed-backed reindeer, or Caribou in North America – also called caribou in Canada – is a large species of wolverine with sub-arctic, sub-tropical, and arctic distribution, common in boreal and tundra areas of North America. It is distributed sparsely across its distributed range in all seasons and is a largely solitary animal. It favors the flat, open areas in which to hunt. Wikipedia
Average lifespan of this animal is around fifteen years. In captivity, it lives up to nineteen years. Large herds in Alaskan wilderness – some seven hundred thousand animals – are in danger of extermination due to loss of their habitat. Owing to their adaptability, ability to run long distances and their reproductive capacities, the species could be seen in Alaska, Canada, the United States, Russia, Norway, and other countries.
Diet And Characteristics Caribou are omnivores – they eat plants and vegetation as well as small insects, snails, fish, eggs, and various other types of vertebrates, such as voles and shrews. They are small-brained, with a small incisor-like mouth, and a large front claws. This enables them to easily rip and tear flesh, especially animal prey. Their body shape is unique: their arched bodies are short in proportion to their long neck, giving the impression of long hair. They are also well adapted to climbing and swimming.
Life Expectancy Caribou is fairly Capable of living for many years in captivity. Their hair grows continuously, even during winter. Their thick fur keeps them warm even in cold weather. Their small ears help them hear prey, but their highly developed sense of smell allows them to track almost all types of mammals, even at a distance. They are quite agile and can easily move on snow.
Ours is one of a few species that has kept both the fur and the tail animal together throughout the year. Fur grows continuously throughout the year, except in winter. The color of the fur changes from brown to black during late summer and early fall. The tail, however, does not grow until December. Sexual maturity and breeding for the sighthounds are complete at about two months of age.