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Wapiti

(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.

Wapitihirsch
Verbreitungsgebiet: Wapitihirsch
Verbreitungsgebiet: Wapitihirsch
Wissenschaftl. Name Cervus elaphus canadensis
Ordnung Artiodactyla
Familie Deer
Größe bis 160 cm
Gewicht ♂ bis 450 kg, ♀ bis 300 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit 8 Monate, 1 Jungtier
Verbreitung North America
Lebensraum forest areas
Nahrung Grass, Leaves, Herbs, Bud, Bark
Bestand endangered