Elk are the noisiest ungulates due to their vocal communication of identifying each other as well as communicating danger. Male (bull) elk have antlers which they use to compete with other males for females (cows).

Fast Facts

  • Elk are also called wapiti, a Native American word that means “light-colored deer.”
  • A set of antlers on a mature bull can weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Elk live in a variety of habitats, from rainforests to alpine meadows and dry desert valleys to hardwood forests.

Scientific name

Cervus canadensis
Range  North America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Anastasia, Drizella
Zoo location Plains

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