ELK

More than 69 American Elk roam across our 50-acre Elk Prairie, the first and last exhibit visitors encounter on their drive-thru adventure.

Second largest of the deer family, exceeded only by moose, Elk once ranged through Canada, the United States (except Florida) and northern Mexico. They were first called "wapiti," a Shawnee Indian term meaning "white rump."

Male Elk antlers can reach five feet across and five feet front to back. Each year, Elk shed their antlers to grow another pair.

Fun Fact: Did you know Elk are ruminants, meaning they have a four-chambered stomach.