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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.


Elk calf debuts at Queens Zoo

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS


A recent edition to the Queens Zoo has joined the rest of his herd.

The zoo welcomed a Roosevelt elk calf on June 10, making the total number of its elks five. The healthy 25-pound boy is now with the other elks in the zoo’s woodland habitat, the Wildlife Conservation Society said on Monday.

The Roosevelt elk is the largest sub-species of elk in North America and adult bulls (males) can weight up to 1,100 pounds while cows (females) can weigh up to 700 pounds.

Their main diet consists of eating herbaceous plants and a wide range of berries. Life expectancy of the mammals is approximately 25 years when raised in captivity. Both male and females elks have brown hides.