Robert Bateman (Prints)
Peary Caribou (Print)
Offset Paper; Edition Size 450
15" x 22.75" / 38.10cm x 55.88cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $155.00
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“The Peary caribou, the smallest of all caribou, occurs only in the Queen Charlotte Islands of Canada’s High Arctic.
It is the color of pale pewter, and the small herds of these compact little animals waft across the landscape
like ghosts. The northern archipelago is very barren with far more rock than tundra, and so even in open
country (and it’s all open country) the caribou blend perfectly with the background. Their population have
declined by some 90 % over the last 3 decades. In addition to living in one of the harshest environments
in the world, the species faces further pressures from hunting, non-renewable resource development and
contamination of the arctic ecosystem. To me, it is a sin against Creation to render extinct something that is
so unique and has taken so long to evolve. I realize that this is happening every day in the tropics, but
when there are so few species in the arctic , it seems even more unforgivable.”