Elk calf debuts at Queens Zoo

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS


A recent edition to the Queens Zoo has joined the rest of his herd.

The zoo welcomed a Roosevelt elk calf on June 10, making the total number of its elks five. The healthy 25-pound boy is now with the other elks in the zoo’s woodland habitat, the Wildlife Conservation Society said on Monday.

The Roosevelt elk is the largest sub-species of elk in North America and adult bulls (males) can weight up to 1,100 pounds while cows (females) can weigh up to 700 pounds.

Their main diet consists of eating herbaceous plants and a wide range of berries. Life expectancy of the mammals is approximately 25 years when raised in captivity. Both male and females elks have brown hides.