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The Elk (Cervus canadensis) – the second largest member of the deer family after the moose – is also called wapiti, a Native American word that means light-coloured deer. It is smaller than the moose overall, but its branch-like antlers are longer, and when measured from the ground to the top of their antler rack, many elk are quite a bit taller than moose. Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, it has adapted well to countries in which it has been introduced, including Argentina and New Zealand.
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