Week 4: Moose!

Where do moose live? What do they eat?

How big do they get?

How many babies do they have?

Henry the moose

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Meet our moose, Henry! He was from the woods around Denali in Alaska, and when he was there last in 1908 he stood 7 1/2 feet tall. He was brought to us by a friend of Dr Warner Karshner.

Answers:

Where do moose live? What do they eat?

Moose live mainly in the subarctic forests of the Northern hemisphere. They can be found mostly throughout Canada and Alaska, as well as Russia and Scandinavia. Moose are herbivores — their diet changes from Summertime, when they eat mostly aquatic grasses, to Wintertime, when they eat twigs from birch, willow, and poplar trees.

How big do they get?

On average an adult moose stands about 4 1/2 to 7 feet high at the shoulder. Females usually weigh around 400 to 1,000 pounds, and males can weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,500 pounds!

How many babies do they have?

Moose have an eight-month gestation period, and usually have only one calf at a time, although if food is plentiful they may have twins.