Peary Caribou

Peary Caribou
Rangifer tarandus pearyi
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Threatened
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Threatened
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Endangered
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Threatened
NWT General Status Rank: 
At Risk
Description: 

Peary caribou are the smallest of all caribou subspecies. They have shorter faces and legs and are lighter in colour than barren-ground caribou. In winter, Peary caribou have a mostly white coat. Their summer coat is slate-gray with white legs and underparts. Both males and females have antlers. Antlers on adult males are larger than those on females and juvenile males. The velvet covering the antlers is gray, unlike the dark brown velvet of barren-ground caribou.