Order Artiodactyla
Family Cervidae
Genus Cervus
Species Canadensis
Height 130-155 cms
Weight 300-500 kgs
Lifespan 18+ years
Habitat Mountainous regions and woodlands


The Wapiti, also known as the American elk is the second largest deer. Their coat is brown on their head and necks, and grey/beige on their body. The males have antlers which are shed annually in March and will grow new again in August. They are covered by “velvet” which peels away.

They feed from bushes and trees and like to go into the lakes and waters to take a drink.

In the Winter, Elk live in larger groups which will break up into smaller groups in the Summer.


BOOKS ON ELK Amazon.co.uk

Deer and Elk

Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, William Munoz
Text and photographs highlights the diversity and adaptability of deer and elk and discusses recent conservation efforts.

Deer, Moose, Elk & Caribou

Author: Deborah Hodge, Pat Stephens
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages (October 1998)
Kids Can Press Ltd; ISBN: 1550744356


Majestic Elk (Majestic Wildlife Library)

Author: Todd R Berger
Hardcover - 160 pages (November 1998)
Voyageur Press Inc; ISBN: 0896583848


Deer, Elk and Mountain Goats

Author: Paul Sterry
Hardcover - 72 pages (March 1999)
Todtri Book Publishers; ISBN: 1577170784




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