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Being Caribou

Being Caribou

Five Months on Foot With A Caribou Herd

Book - 2007
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In one of the earth's most amazing migrations, more than 100,000 caribou trek thousands of miles each year over high mountain ranges, through snowy passes, and across icy rivers. But they have to battle more than just the brutal elements. Hungry wolves, huge grizzly bears, human hunters, and hordes of bloodthirsty insects besiege the herd as it travels to its one safe haven--Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There, those that survive the trip have a few peaceful weeks to give birth and prepare their calves for the harsh year ahead.
Karsten Heuer and his wife, Leanne Allison, are the only humans ever to become part of a caribou herd and join it on its arduous journey. They shared the same mind-numbing cold, the endless miles of physical hardship, and all the dangers along the route to chronicle the epic battle for survival these animals face. To keep up, they had to move, act, and even think like caribou. Karsten and Leanne's incredible adventure gives us a window into a world that we have never seen before.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Walker, 2007
ISBN: 9780802795656
Characteristics: 48 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 23 x 29 cm


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Karsten and his wife Leanne, on foot, join a herd of caribou as they migrate thousands of miles over mountain ranges and across icy rivers, avoiding grizzly bears, hungry wolves, and blood-thirsty insects in order to show the battle for survival these animals face.

Sep 15, 2007

This little jewel of a book allows you to enter a completely different world wherein the author makes you feel like you belong - or that you really really want to belong. Anyone likely to read this book will be yearning by the end to partake, even just a little bit, of the world that Heuer opens up to us. I particularly liked the change of voice when bits of what appear to be an "at-the-time" journal are inserted into the flowing narrative. Lovely.


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