Moose (Elk)

Moose

Scientific Name -Alces alces

Classification – Carnivore

Gender Names – Male – bull; Female – cow;  baby – calf

Collective Noun – A Herd

Average Height1.8 – 2.1 m (6 – 7 ft)

Average Length – 2.5 – 2.7 metres (8.2 – 8.85 ft)

Average Weight –  550 – 700 kg (1200 – 1500 lbs)

Speed – 55 km/h (35 mph)

Life Expectancy – 15 – 25 years


Mating Season –
Autumn

Pregnancy – 240 days

Special Features – they can stay under water for a minute or more meaning they can feed from the bottom of rivers and streams. They have palm shaped antlers which distinguish them from reindeer.

Family Unit – Moose are solitary creatures with the young leaving their mother at around about a year old.

moose and elk distribution on World MapGeographical Distribution -Canada, north USA, North Europe

World Population – 1.5 – 2 million

Conservation Status –  threatened

Natural Habitat – wooded areas of mixed or deciduous trees, near lakes or rivers.

Diet –  young tree shoots, plants, water plants

Predators -wolves, bears, and humans

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Moose (Elk). Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/moose.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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