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Being Caribou

by Karsten Heuer
Publisher: World as Home
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Nature
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0877882487
ISBN 10: 9780877882480
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Chronicles the migration of Grant's caribou to their calving grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, describing it as an arduous battle for survival against cold, physical hardship, and danger from predators.
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