Terrestrial mammals

Caribou in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland. Photo: Carsten Egevang
Caribou in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland. Photo: Carsten Egevang

In Greenland we have 8 species of terrestrial mammals – 4 herbivores and 4 carnivores. The herbivores include muskoxen, caribou, Arctic hare and Northern collared lemming. The most common carnivore species are Arctic fox and stoat while wolf is rarer. Wolverine is only a very infrequent visitor from Canada.

Caribou and muskoxen are important game animals in Greenland. On these pages you can read about their biology, distribution and status. We also present some of the research the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources is involved in.

Updated 04.13.2011