- The moose is the only species in the genus Alces.
- They are the largest and heaviest extant species in the deer family.
- This heavy land mammal is able to swim up to six miles per hour.
Welcome to the Moose Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most solitary members of the deer family! This animal is known for their size, they are the tallest land mammals in North America, and their impressive antlers which they use mainly to attract mates.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Moose if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you simply want to learn more about these remarkable animals!
Types Of Moose Species
The moose belongs to the mammalian order Artiodactyla and is in the genus Alces. There are currently 8 recognized subspecies of moose, which in Europe is known as elk. These are:
- Northwestern Moose (andersoni) – Found in western parts of Canada and the United States.
- Alaskan Moose (gigas) – the largest subspecies in North America and the world.
- Shiras Moose (shirasi) – also known as the Yellowstone moose and the smallest subspecies in North America
- Eastern Moose ( Americana) – found in Eastern Canada
- European Elk (alces) – Can be found in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden & Russia.
- Yakutia Elk (pfizenmayeri) – also known as the Mid-Siberian or Lena Elk, and is the most common subspecies found in Asia.
- Ussuri Elk (cameloides) – also known as the Amur or Manchurian elk and is found in far eastern Russia and parts of northeastern China
- Chukotka Elk (buturlini) – also known as the East Siberian Elk and is the largest subspecies in Eurasia
Moose are known for their incredible antlers and are immediately recognized by their size but there is much more to this large deer than antlers. Read on to see what else makes this animal even more fascinating than it already is.
- Males will shed their antlers each year
- By the time they are 5 days old, a calf is incredibly fast and can outrun a human
- They are excellent swimmers and can even dive 20 feet underwater
- Their hair is hollow and this allows them to stay afloat while swimming
- They prefer colder climates and will only live in regions where there is snow cover in the winter season
- The name ‘moose’ comes from the Algonquin word, ‘moos’