Caribou and Reindeer Fine Art Photography Prints and Wall Art

Caribou photography as wall art

Pictures of Caribou in Denali National Park in Alaska

A Caribou photography gallery of fine art photos of Caribou by professional wildlife photographer Joseph C. Filer, capturing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Caribou photography prints are for sale as Limited Edition Fine Art Paper Prints, Chromaluxe® Metal Prints, and non-glare TruLife® Acrylic Prints. Frames and large-scale prints 6 feet or more in size are available.

My Caribou Photography Experience

Sometimes you get lucky. I was on the bus to the Denali backcountry and saw a group of caribou up on a hill. Fortunately, you are allowed to depart the bus at any time and the bus driver agreed to let me off. I hiked up the hill with my backpack of gear and these wonderful caribou continued to graze as I approached.

Their antlers are just incredible and the fall colors in the tundra were a perfect accent. After a while, they wandered off and I returned to the road to catch the next bus. I knew that I would probably never have a caribou photography experience like that again.

Facts About Caribou

Reindeer, (Rangifer tarandus), in North America called caribou, are a species of deer (family Cervidae) found in the Arctic tundra and adjacent boreal forests of Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. Large males can stand more than 3.9 feet tall at the shoulder and exceed 550 pounds in weight. There are about 3.5 million caribou in North America and perhaps 1 million wild reindeer in Eurasia, mostly in Russia. Nearly 3 million domestic reindeer live in northern Europe.

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The Unusual Stature of Caribou

While they are known as Caribou in North America, they are called Reindeer in the rest of the world. They are the same species, which is a little confusing. There are several subspecies in various places with different sizes and characteristics.

Photos of Caribou can be taken at northern latitudes in Canada and Alaska. A popular place to photograph the Caribou is in Denali National Park, which is where I obtained the photographs in this gallery. Both the males and females grow antlers. The antlers are extremely impressive and I would rather photograph them than any of the other deer-type species.

History, Habitat and Facts About Caribou

Caribou are not native to North America. They've migrated here after being hunted down in their native habitat, the sub-arctic tundra. Let's explore what you ought to know about caribou, including where they live, their habits, and more!

The Caribou is a large ungulate mammal found in northern Canada and Alaska of the Arctic Circle. Their population has shrunk over the years due to hunting for their meat and fur by humans since they were introduced from Siberia during colonial times.

Today there are only 107,000 left in the wild because of hunting from hunters who think nothing of killing these animals for sport or food when they could be culled humanely instead. The Caribous migrate north every year to escape the harsh winters, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years because the traditional migration routes have been disrupted by development.

Caribou can weigh up to 400 lbs. and males are generally larger than females. They have large antlers which they shed every year and grow back again. Caribou are preyed on by wolves, bears, and mountain lions and they can be hunted by humans.

Their habitats are found in the arctic tundra, boreal forests, or taiga which is often flat land or rolling hills with shrubs, lichens, sedges, mosses, and low-lying scrub brush. They love water since it's hard to find in these areas of freezing cold winters and snowstorms. Caribou are herbivores, meaning they only eat vegetation.

They eat twigs, berries, grasses, sedges, mosses, and lichens in the summertime when the weather is warmer or during winter when food is scarce by pawing through snow to get to them. Females will give birth in open fields with short grass and nurse their young there until they are able to follow the herd.

Caribou have an interesting way of communicating with each other. They use their antlers to make scratching sounds in the ground, which can be heard a mile away! They also snort, grunt, and bark to communicate with each other. The Caribou is a beautiful animal and is currently listed as "Near Threatened" on the IUCN Red List.

If you're ever lucky enough to see one in the wild, take a moment to appreciate their graceful beauty!