Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope

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Mountaineers Books
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10.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author

David Moskowitz works as a conservation photographer, wildlife biologist, and educator. He is the photographer and author of numerous other books and articles on conservation, wildlife tracking, and natural history including Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. David is certified as a Track and Sign Specialist, Trailing Specialist, and Senior Tracker through Cybertracker Conservation and is an Evaluator for this rigorous international professional certification program for wildlife tracking. Learn more about his work at He lives in Winthrop, Washington.


A fine coffee-table tome about a rich and threatened ecosystem.--Kirkus Reviews
[David Moskowitz] examines why the loss of the Pacific Northwest's inland rainforest means more than the loss of these ungulates.--Heather Hansman "Outside "
Caribou Rainforest is a thorough account of where the species stands today amidst shifting 21st century pressures and challenges. Moskowitz extensively tracked, photographed and studied the caribou in their own precarious ecosystem in the northeast corner of Washington state in order to paint a full picture of the species' uncertain future and to consider conservation solutions that may prevent their story from becoming a norm.--Beau Iverson "Seattle Magazine "
[Caribou Rainforest] highlights this unique subspecies and the complex melange of cultural, economic and environmental issues that pushed the mountain caribou to the brink of extinction. In that difficult mix, [Moskowitz] also finds beauty and possibility for change. Moskowitz explores what dangers threaten the species and how solutions can be crafted to benefit them, their habitat, and the other species dependent on the same rare rainforest ecosystem -- including humans.--Jaymi Heimbuch "Mother Nature Network "
Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope is an astonishingly beautiful coffee table book about the mountain caribou, a reclusive animal on the edge of extinction.... Gorgeous and thought-provoking, Caribou Rainforest is highly recommended for both public library and personal collections, and makes an excellent giftbook for nature lovers everywhere.--Midwest Book Review
David Moskowitz has done a magnificent job describing and photographing this incredible country. He conveys the gentleness of the caribou. Two mountain lions rub noses. He can even make a snail look beautiful.... This book is an education and feast for the eye.--Joel Connelly "SeattlePI "
Through discussion of the geologic history of the region -- and the plants, animals and cultures that evolved from it -- Moskowitz shows how the mountain caribou represents issues facing threatened ecosystems everywhere. He advocates for reevaluating entirely how we conceive of species and ecosystems, to better understand and own our place within them.--Hannah Weinberger "Crosscut "
As [caribou] numbers diminish in keeping with other once abundant wildlife, David Moskowitz has chosen to keep a permanent record of their way of life in a book filled with glorious images.--Manhattan Book Review
In this new book from biologist, outdoor educator, and photographer David Moskowitz, the story of the possible extinction of the last mountain caribou herds found in Canada and the United States is told. It's a story of heartbreak, hope and of learning with room for redemption.--Tom Bihn Gift Guide
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, the book offers beauty both grand and intimate.... Deeply felt, richly reported, "Caribou Rainforest" demands our reckoning with truths both beautiful and hard.--Lynda V. Mapes "The Seattle Times "
In Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope, biologist David Moskowitz mixes descriptions of caribou and their ecosystem with the history of industrial logging, climate change and habitat loss. Moskowitz's photographs are real treasures -- precious glimpses of the vanishing mountain rainforest. Moskowitz looks with clear eyes at the mountain caribou's dire state.--Nick Bowlin "High Country News "