Join Project Caribou

As the snow starts to fall and all things red and green start popping up everywhere it’s a sure sign to start thinking about caribou! Why, you may ask? Well, because woodland caribou are Canada’s reindeer! Get into the holiday spirit by teaming up with Earth Rangers and CPAWS to help protect these festive animals and the amazing Canadian boreal forest habitats they call home.
quarter coin with caribou

Find a Caribou

You have probably seen a caribou this week, just take a second to dig in your couch cushions to see if you can find a 25-cent coin. Do you see it? Right there on the quarter is a caribou! No, not the classy lady with the crown (that’s the Queen); flip it over and there with the big antlers is your friendly Canadian caribou.

Both the males and females have antlers, which is a pretty unique characteristic. Woodland caribou are the only deer species where both genders have antlers. Woodland caribou live in boreal forests across Canada, preferably areas with trees that have been around for a while, over 60 years is the ideal. These old growth forests have the perfect combination of dense tree coverage to protect them from predators and lots of lichen, which makes up 60-70% of their diet.

caribou boreal forest

Photo Credit: Ron Thiessen

Scientists consider woodland caribou as an indicator species meaning how caribou populations are doing in Canada’s boreal habitat tells us a lot about the health of the boreal forest ecosystem that these incredible animals call home. That’s why it spells trouble that woodland caribou populations are threatened across Canada. Some of the major causes of woodland caribou declines are habitat loss and fragmentation, increased risk of predation from large mammalian predators and disease. These threats are why we need YOU to join Project Caribou!

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In partnership with CPAWS and CBFA, Earth Rangers will be working to help conserve woodland caribou in Manitoba by supporting a traditional knowledge study with the Nelson House Cree Nation (NHCN) People.

The study will collect traditional knowledge about caribou from the NHCN People. This traditional knowledge will include information about their understanding of where woodland caribou populations are in Manitoba and how they use woodland caribou sustainably. This information will then be used along with conservation science to help us save this threatened species. This study brings together the NHCN People, woodland caribou scientists, government officials and industries that are part of the CBFA. Together the project will help protect an estimated 4 million ha of caribou habitat and promote conservation education in Manitoba.

Be Part of Project Caribou

woodland caribou roots t-shirt

Click here to get your caribou T-shirt


Becoming part of Project Caribou is easy! From November 18 to January 6 when you fundraise for any Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild project a portion of the donations will go to support Project Caribou*. This means you can help protect two animals at once! Talk about working hard together to save animals! Get started by setting up a Bring Back the Wild campaign and sharing it with your friends and family. Remember to tell them that when they support your campaign for any animal they are helping the woodland caribou too. You can also help protect caribou with an EXCLUSIVE caribou T-shirt.


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*From November 18, 2013-January 6, 2014 Earth Rangers will use a portion of the funds raised through the Bring Back the Wild project (to a maximum of $10,000) to support Project Caribou, Earth Rangers’ seasonal animal project. The funds will be donated to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for caribou research.

Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.
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  1. Forest Friend
    kitty009 says:

    i want to help woodland caribou but how will i get the money??????? its snowing really heavy outside so i can’t do a lemonade stand or anything because it is soooooooooo cold out!

    Animal Admiral

    ER_Bubbles Reply:

    Don’t let the cold stop you! You can help the Woodland caribou by telling all your friends about why they are in trouble and why they need our help. Remember, being an Earth Ranger isn’t just about collecting donations, it’s also about spreading the word about animals in need.

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  2. Forest Friend
    kitty009 says:

    woodland carabu rock!

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  3. New Bee
    Ranger56212446 says:

    I have a caribou once and then that was it so,I still love caribou’s and they have been my favorite animal forever!

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  4. Green Bean
    Belugaranger says:

    So when i did my beluga whale project i will get to help a caribou too because when i went to this site i saw that there was a plus sign with all the animals for this time

    Animal Admiral

    ER_Bubbles Reply:

    You bet! Any donations made from Nov 18 until Jan 6 will go to help the Caribou.

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  5. Green Bean
    Wolf2003 says:

    So, I know I can get a t-shirt but is there anything else I can do to help them???

    Eco Protector

    ER_pippy Reply:

    When you fundraise for any Bring Back the Wild project donations will also go to help the caribou. You can also help by telling your friends and family about the woodland caribou and raising awareness about how we have to protect them.

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  6. New Bee
    animalsrock4ever says:

    Everyone should try to save paper and use less because i recently sent a letter to a tree cutting company to cut down 5-10 trees less a day and i said i would save paper for that. I you want to help me please vote!

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    Sweetiepie321 says:

    Ok I voting for u, animalsrock4ever! We should try and save trees too.

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  8. New Bee
    Hermione8 says:

    I love caribou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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