Located in Fleming Park.
Stare a buffalo in the eye. Bring your family to enjoy watching a family of elk playing in a pasture. Feed apples or pears to the animals as they approach the fences.
This 110-acre fenced enclosure inside Fleming Park on East Park Road is home to bison, elk and white-tailed deer.
The elk, one of the largest mammals in North America, is the second largest species of deer in the world. In the deer family, only their cousin, the moose, is larger.
Elk feed on grasses, plants, leaves and bark. Males are called "bulls," females are "cows," and their offspring are "calves."
Only the males have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. Antlers are made of bone that can grow at a rate of 1 inch per day.
Bulls can make loud noises known as bugling (download an mp3 file here) that can be heard for miles. Females are attracted to males that bugle more often and have the loudest call.
During the fall, elk grow a thicker coat of hair to keep warm during the winter. By summer they shed this heavy coat. Calves are born spotted, but lose their spots by the end of the summer months.
Elk live 20 years or longer in captivity, while averaging just 10 to 13 years in the wild.