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Moose

Alces alces americanus

Long ears, long legs, and that nose! Our six North American moose are crowd-pleasers in the Free-Roaming Area. They love nestling in the bracken, where they blend into the shadows – quite a feat for the tallest wild animal in North America!

Two moose cuddling
Moose life
(It's all in the family.)

Our moose are kind of one big family at Northwest Trek. Connie and Ellis are Willow and Spruce’s mom and dad. Aspen joins the younger ones, though Nancy keeps to herself. All were either born here or rescued as orphans. We love them all!

Meet our Moose
Tall, long
and broad

One of the deer family, the moose is the tallest wild animal in North America, growing up to 10.5 feet long and 7.5 feet high.

They have long legs, broad antlers, a wide muzzle and that distinctive dewlap under a short neck.

Browsing
and swimming

Moose are ruminants - they can ferment their food in a special stomach, eating up to 60lb of leafy browse per day!

They also like to eat underwater plants, and will swim to find them. They live in swampy or forested mountain areas of Alaska, Canada and the northern U.S.

Stand back
I like my solitude.

They are usually solitary animals. Cows with calves and bulls in rut can be very aggressive.

Moose cows give birth once a year, first to a single calf and then, usually, to twins.

Calf Days...
Here's Spruce as a calf in 2016. Adorable.