ADOPT A MOOSE
Moose, the largest member of the deer family,
genus Alces, found in the northern parts of
Eurasia and North America. The Eurasian
species, A. alces, is known in Europe as the
elk, a name which in North America is applied
to another large deer, the wapiti. The Eurasian
and the American moose are quite similar, but
the American moose is somewhat larger and
is considered by some to be a separate
species, A. americana. It inhabits the conif-
erous forests of Alaska, Canada, and the
northern conterminous United States.
The moose has a heavy brown body with
humped shoulders, and long, lighter-colored
legs the front pair longer than the hind ones.
It has a thick, overhanging, almost trunklike
muzzle and a short neck; a flap of skin covered with long hair and called the bell hangs from the throat. The male has broad, extremely flattened antlers, with a spread of up to 6 ft (180 cm). The largest variety is the Alaska moose; the adult male weighs from 1,000 to 1,800 lb (450—820 kg) and stands as much as 71⁄2 ft (2.3 m) high at the shoulder.
Browsers rather than grazers, moose eat leaves, twigs, buds, and the bark of some woody plants, as well as lichens, aquatic plants, and some of the taller herbaceous land plants. Moose live in small groups during the summer, sometimes forming large herds in the winter. They are polygamous, the males becoming very aggressive during the mating season. They are strong swimmers, reportedly crossing lakes many miles wide. Protection in national parks and reserves in Canada and the United States has saved the moose from extermination. Hunting of moose is strictly regulated. The Eurasian moose, or elk, is found from Scandinavia to E Siberia. Moose are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, Class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Cervidae.
Adopt A Moose from World Animal Foundation and make a difference for animals and the environment.
Your WAF Adopt A Moose Kit comes in a Deluxe WAF Folder and includes:
- Glossy Photo of Your Adopted Moose
- Adopt A Moose Adoption Certificate
- Fact Sheet About Your Adopted Moose
- Help Animals Info Cards Packed With Information On Animal Issues & How You Can Help Animals And The Environment
Adopt An Animal Adopt A Moose Kits make great gifts and can be sent directly to the recipient at a date of your choosing. Simply supply the recipient's name and mailing address as shipping information. We'll even include a letter stating the Adopt A Moose is from you.
WAF's Adopt A Moose symbolic adoption is $35 and helps the World Animal Foundation to preserve the planet and protect its animals. Adopt a moose for yourself or order an Adopt A Moose as a gift. Help make a difference for animals - Adopt A Moose Today!