Dolphin and Union Caribou

Dolphin and Union caribou - credit Kim Poole
Dolphin and Union Caribou (Caribou [Dolphin and Union population])
Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus x pearyi
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Special Concern
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Special Concern
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Special Concern
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Endangered
NWT General Status Rank: 
Sensitive
Description: 

Dolphin and Union Caribou are members of the deer family. Like Peary Caribou, Dolphin and Union Caribou have a mostly white coat in winter, and are slate-grey with white legs and under-parts in summer. The velvet covering their antlers is grey. Dolphin and Union Caribou are larger and slightly darker than Peary Caribou.

Dolphin and Union Caribou were once thought to be Peary caribou, but genetic studies have now clearly shown that they are distinct.

Dolphin and Union Caribou are often locally called ‘Island Caribou’.