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(engl: Wapiti)

Nanu, what's whistling there?

The closest relative of the world's largest deer species is the Wapiti. This species is differentiated mainly by their antlers and rutting. Their large antlers with velvet are typical for this european species. The Wapiti use their antlers and make unusually high whistling sounds during mating season.

Impressive headdress

As males age, they develop impressive, ramified antlers. They can weigh over 20kg for large specimens. During mating season, they are used to impress and fight rivals. After the rut, the frontal weapon is shed.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Wapitihirsch
Verbreitungsgebiet: Wapitihirsch
Scientific Surname Cervus elaphus canadensis
Order Artiodactyla
Family Deer
Size till 160 cm
Weight male: 450 kg, female: 300 kg
Reproduction gestation period: 8 month, 1 subadult
Distribution North America
Habitat forest areas
Food Grass, Leaves, Herbs, Bud, Bark
Livestock endangered