Common name: American Elk
Scientific name: Cervus canadensis
American Elk live primarily in western North America, from south-western Canada to New Mexico.
At the zoo: A herd of 5 females, and males Manny (9y) & Manoah (9y)
They graze on leaves, grasses, shoots and sedges.
American Elk are the largest of the elk family, weighing up to 500 kilograms. They have the largest set of antlers in their family growing up to 2.5cm a day and can get up to 1.2m long! They prefer to live in open areas, mountain ranges and forests with lots of grasses to graze on.
Did you know that a summer herd of elk can be as many as 400 individuals!