Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) is a community-based partnership, consisting of a cross representation of individuals and organizations committed to the recovery of mountain caribou in the Revelstoke area. RCRW's goal and sole focus is to fundraise, plan and conduct a captive rearing of caribou in the wild project, also known as maternity penning, to increase caribou calf survival in the Columbia Mountains over a five-year period.
Pregnancy rates for mountain caribou are consistently high, however the number of calves surviving to 10 months of age has declined and calf numbers are too low to sustain the population. Therefore, increasing calf survival rates is considered a key tool in the conservation and recovery of mountain caribou. Caribou rearing in the wild, also known as maternity penning is a method that has been used in the Yukon and Alberta to increase calf survival.
On March 24, 2014, specialists captured nine pregnant caribou and relocated the animals to the specially-built maternity pen, where they will live until early July to allow calves to grow and gain strength before being released. Learn more here.
Read more about Captive Rearing in the Wild and caribou in Revelstoke.