Meet the Queens Zoo’s newest edition: a Roosevelt elk calf

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Photos by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

The baby news keeps on coming for the Queens Zoo.

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park facility welcomed on June 25 a Roosevelt elk calf. It has joined the rest of the herd at the zoo’s woodland, bringing the herd to six, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Tuesday.

Last June, a male Roosevelt elk calf was also born at the zoo.

Although only about 25 pounds at birth, adult bulls can grow up to 1,100 pounds and females can grow up to 700 pounds. According to WCS, they are the largest elk subspecies. Roosevelt elks are also one of the largest North American mammals and are noted for their distinct coats, dark brown head and pale brown torso.

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Tuesday’s birth announcement follows another new, but tinier edition to the Queens Zoo in May — a southern pudu, the world’s smallest deer species.


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