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Wind Walkers of the Northern Wilderness

photographs by Mark Raycroft

by (author) Pili Palm-Leis

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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Featuring more than 140 spectacular photographs of this magnificent animal.

The story of the contemporary caribou begins during the last Ice Age, over two million years ago. This origin is appropriate; the caribou are rugged survivors, forged by icy terrain and windswept snow, enduring some of the coldest and harshest environments on the planet. Illustrated with exquisite photographs by famed wilderness photographer and writer Mark Raycroft, Caribou: Wind Walkers of the Northern Wilderness celebrates this fascinating and breathtaking animal.

Calling tundra and boreal forests their home, there are over 2.5 million caribou worldwide with 15 subspecies, the largest of which is the boreal woodland caribou, found in Alaska and the north of Canada. Revered, hunted and domesticated by cultures across the globe for thousands of years, caribou (also known as reindeer) migrate farther than any other land mammal in search of food, with some having been documented traveling 700 kilometers. With its towering antlers, weather-resistant coat of fur and ability to forage lichen and fungi buried deep beneath the ice and snow, the caribou are an awe-inspiring symbol of perseverance.

Chapters include:

  • In the Company of Caribou
  • The Role of Antlers
  • A Brief History of the Species
  • The Rut
  • Caribou Ecology
  • Conservation and the Future
  • Migration and Range
  • Photographing Caribou.

Caribou: Wind Walkers of the Northern Wilderness is perfect for lovers of nature photography and those who wish to get personally acquainted with one of this world's most hardy and fascinating creatures.

About the authors



One of North America’s premier wildlife photographers, Mark Raycroft has spent over 20 years photographing, filming, writing, and lecturing about White-Tailed Deer.  His award-winning visuals have been reproduced around the world in a multitude of publications and markets including: National Geographic Publications, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Outdoor Canada, North American Hunter, Sentier Chasse-Pêche, Deer & Deer Hunting, Bowhunter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Petersen’s Hunting, Sports Afield, Canadian Wildlife, and Wild magazines. His training as a wildlife biologist, combined with decades of photographic field work have fine-tuned his vision for brilliant compositions, and nurtured his uncanny ability for capturing animal behavior in wondrous light. Mark currently resides in Trenton, Ontario.

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PILI PALM-LEIS is an artist, teacher and nature lover who lives with her husband in eastern Ontario. Pili's images have appeared internationally in magazines and calendars. Keep Up, Katmai is her first children's book.

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Editorial Reviews

A truly beautiful and impressively informative volume dedicated to the history and life-cycle of the Caribou -- and is unreservedly recommended for both the personal reading lists of anyone with an interest in the subject, as well as community library Pets or Wild Animal collections.

Midwest Book Review

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