Posted in: Elk

How to grow antlers in just over a minute

Even though it’s not possible to sprout antlers in a few minutes, the zoo posted a video of  Napoleon, our male bull elk, doing just that!

Zookeepers Michelle Benzen, Scott Russell, Christina Brunner, Alex Phillips, Matt Emrich spent the better part of a year snapping pictures of the beautiful elk as he grew a new rack. Zoo fans wanted to know more after the video was posted- like how long it took for them to grow. Do they hurt? How heavy are they?

Keeper Michelle Benzen has the answers below!

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Zookeeper Week- Alexandra Phillips

Alex Phillips

It’s back! Last year we had so much fun celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week and profiling our keepers, so we wanted to do it again! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. We’re already off to a good start with this invdividual! Read more