Meet the largest member of the deer family
Moose are Canadian icons, easily recognizable thanks to their long legs and faces, and in the case of males, their enormous antlers. Their antlers can spread six feet from end to end and are used to fight off other males when competing for a female. While their size is intimidating, this animal is a herbivore – though it can easily put away 70 pounds of food a day.
- IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (at relatively low risk of extinction)
- Type: Mammal
- Habitat: Boreal forests and wetlands of the northern hemisphere
- Diet: Herbivore – grasses, shrubs, and lichens
- Size: 5 to 6.5 feet at the shoulder
- Weight: 1,800 pounds
facts about our animals
Fun Facts about Moose
Moose are excellent swimmers.
Moose have large hooves that act as snowshoes.
A calf can outrun a human by the time it is five days old.
A moose has a flap of skin under its chin known as a bell.
They can run up to 56 kilometres an hour over short distances, or trot at 32 kilometres an hour.
A male will shed its antlers in the fall after mating season.
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