Don’t Let Climate Threat Run Over Reindeer

Target: Gary Frazer, Assistant Director (Ecological Services) of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Goal: Applaud inclusion of Dolphin and Union caribou on list of endangered species.

North America’s oldest orangutan recently passed away, drawing more attention to the plight of orangutans and other critically endangered species. Now a hallmark of the holiday season has been added to the list. The Dolphin and Union caribou, otherwise known as the reindeer, received designation as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

This animal had previously only been scheduled to be classified as a threatened species, yet continued drastic population drops prompted the upgraded designation. Reindeer are at serious risk not only because of hunting but due to global warming as well. The icy habitats they call home have disappeared rapidly, and many have even been placed in physical danger because of cracks in the ice that constitutes their migration routes. As an officially listed endangered species, reindeer will now receive greater protections from wildlife trade and other threats.

Sign the petition below to support this needed safeguard.


Dear Assistant Director Frazer,

Reindeer are not only fixtures at Christmas but integral members of their ecosystems. Yet the dual dangers of climate change and hunting have decimated their populations. Thank you for recognizing this peril by adding the Dolphin and Union caribou to the endangered species list.

More importantly, thank you for ensuring they have a protective path toward resurgence and replenishment. They, like so many other at-risk animals, deserve this holiday gift.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hayne


  1. Reindeer can not be tossed aside due to human demands of one thing or another. These animals are needed, as are all animals, to live their lives on this earth as we humans do. There must be space for all creatures. The humane process would be for selfish humans to stop their demands and begin to appreciate what these creatures add to life on this planet. The animals on earth are in need due to humans. Let’s fix that! Stop killing them and start helping them.

  2. Michelle Taylor says:

    Protect the Reindeer.

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