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Free images of Elk 

These images have been photographed at and posted with the very kind permission 
of the Toronto Zoo.  Please read the Terms of Use.  
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The American Elk are located in the Canadian Domain Section of the Toronto Zoo.

 

The common name for Cervus canadensis is either Elk or Wapiti.  Wapiti is a Native American word that means "light-coloured deer".  

Elk are one of the largest species in the Deer or Cervidae family.  In addition to charging other males during mating season, Elk also produce sounds known as "bugling".  These sounds are to attract females and establish dominance over other males.  Bugling can be heard echoing through their mountain  habitat.  

During the late-summer breeding season, males fight each other for females using their antlers.  The wrestling or sparring may continue for hours and Elk have known to become entangled and stuck together with each other's antlers resulting in death.

Did you know...

that male Elk shed their large antlers every year?  Antlers fall of in March and new one's begin to grow in May.   A bull (male) Elk's antlers may reach 4 feet above its head?

 

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Did you know...

that only male elk have antlers?  The images below are all of male elk called bulls.

 

Elk standing on hill.

Elk -1  (Photographed in South Dakota)

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Elk walking in grass beside Icefields parkway in Alberta.

Elk -2  (Photographed in along Icefields Parkway in Alberta)
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Large elk eating grass.

Toronto Zoo Elk - 3

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Toronto Zoo elk eatin grass.

Toronto Zoo Elk - 4

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What's going on with this Elk's antlers?

While actively growing, Elk antlers are protected with and covered by a soft layer called "velvet".  This velvet is shed in the summer when the antlers have become fully developed.    Images Elk 3-6 were photographed in late September in the middle of the velvet dropping off.

 

 

Elk shedding velvet from antlers.

Toronto Zoo Elk - 5

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Elk shedding velvet from antlers.

Toronto Zoo Elk - 6

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"If all the beasts 
were gone,
 men would die from 
a great loneliness 
of spirit, 
for whatever happens 
to the beasts 
also happens to the man.  
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls 
the Earth 
befalls the sons 
of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle 
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 letter to 
President 
Franklin Pierce ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Life is as dear 
to a mute creature 
as it is to man.  
Just as one wants happiness 
and fears pain, 
just as one wants 
to live 
and not die, 
so do other creatures."

~ His Holiness 
The Dalai Lama ~

 

 

 

"If you have men 
who will exclude 
any of God's creatures 
from the shelter 
of compassion and pity, 
you will have men 
who will deal likewise 
with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

 

 

 

 

"The worst sin 
towards our fellow creatures 
is not to hate them,
 but to be indifferent to them.  that's the essence 
of inhumanity."

~ George Bernard 
Shaw ~

 

 

"A bird does not sing 
because it has an answer. 
 It sings because 
it has a song."

~ Chinese Proverb ~

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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