Cervus Canadensis
Trappers Lake Basin, Horsehoe Range, Colorado
Hall of North American Mammals

The animal commonly known as the elk is called the "wapiti" by the Shawnee Indians and their diorama united all of the museum's star players in its creation. It is one of the largest and handsomest of the deer family. Large bulls can weigh as much as one thousand pounds and stand sixty inches at the shoulder. The males carry massive antlers while the females have none. They are most commonly found in the Rocky Mountains.


  • Title: Wapiti
  • Creator: Background by James Perry Wilson, Foreground by George Petersen with George Frederick Mason, Robert Scherer, and Charles Tornell, Taxidermy by Robert Rockwell
  • Date Created: 1941

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