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Elk (Wapiti)

Elk (Wapiti)

Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Cervus canadensis
Gestation Period:
250 days
  • Grassland
  • Shrubland
4.5 ft
6.5 ft
Life Span:
10 yrs
Number of Young:
600 lb

Did you know another name for elk is wapiti? Learn more about elk.

Care & Wellness:

The elk herd voluntarily moves off their 13-acre habitat into a large barn. This allows keepers to get a closer look at them and target individuals for medical care. At those times, horticulture and maintenance staff can safely enter the habitat to care for the plants or make repairs.

  • Wapiti (elk) are very social, living in huge herds.
  • • During seasonal migrations, smaller herds come together to form larger herds that can travel hundreds of miles.
  • Fights between males over females can be intense.
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Fun Facts:
  • Males will "bugle" to attract females.
  • Herds can be found at a variety of elevations.
  • Newborn elk calves are reddish brown with white spots.
  • Females are smaller than males.
A male elk with antlers, walking across the prairie.