Alces alces andersoni

Common Name(s)

Moose, elk




Moose occur in areas where there is a sufficient amount of food and shelter, mainly forest with adjacent open grassland. They are herbivorous browser, mainly feeding on shrubs and trees, forbs and a small amount of grasses.


Moose are the largest species of the deer family. Their coat is blackish-brown in summer and smoky grey in winter. The head is long with long ears and small, deep-set eyes. They have long legs and a very short tail. Antlers only occur on male and have brow, trez and guard tines and horizontal palms.

Threat To Plants



Existence unknown


Acromial height: 1.91m; weight: 545kg

Year Introduced

1910 (Dusky Sound)

Reason For Introduction

Food and game

Colonisation History

First introduced to New Zealand at Supper Cove, Dusky Sound (10 individuals) in April 1910 (first release attempt in the Hokitika Valley, Westland in 1900 was unsuccessful). After 1952 no moose were sighted, but possible field signs of moos were reported in several surveys.