Wapiti Cervus canadensis

Wapiti American Elk
Wapiti American Elk
Wapiti
Wapiti, the usual name in Eurasia, or Elk, the usual name in North America, are large deer native to North America and northern Far East Asia. ("Elk" in Europe refers to the "Moose".)
Wapiti
Wapiti
Wapiti
They stand 4-5 feet at the shoulder (some 1.5 metres for adult bulls), smaller than the Moose but taller than Reindeer and Sambar. These above are shedding winter coats.
Wapiti
Wapiti
Wapiti
They used to be considered as the largest subspecies of deer in the species Cervus elaphus, that including the Red Deer, but have since been split out to their own species.
Wapiti
Wapiti
Wapiti
The antlers, only on the male, are re-grown each year, the new growth being covered by "velvet" (above) which carries blood vessels and is shed when the antlers are grown.
Wapiti
Wapiti
Wapiti
There are a number of subspecies in North America and Asia. The nominal subspecies (of North America) is extinct. Many of the remaining American Wapiti populations have been decimated, mainly by hunting. Shown on this page are the largest (tallest) subspecies and the smallest, the Tule Wapiti of California, both native to North America.
Wapiti
Wapiti
Wapiti
They live mainly in single-sex herds. During the rutting season, a bull will protect a harem of females from rival bulls and, subsequently, the young from predators.