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American Elk

Common name: American Elk
Scientific name:
Cervus canadensis

Habitat:
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)

Diet:
They graze on leaves, grasses, shoots and sedges.

Life Expectancy:
25 years

Biology:
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.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that a summer herd of elk can be as many as 400 individuals!


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Categories: Mammals

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