Elk Win “Best of Show” at the International Wildlife Film Festival

Candice Gaukel Andrews March 7, 2013 9

Big yet graceful, elk (Cervus elaphus) are one of my favorite animals to spot in the wild. They are, in fact, the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone National Park, and paleontological evidence suggests they have had a continuous presence there for at least a thousand years.

More than thirty thousand elk from about eight different herds summer in Yellowstone, and approximately twenty thousand spend the winter in the park. The type of elk that lives in Yellowstone is found from Arizona to northern Canada along the Rocky Mountain chain. In Wisconsin where I live, elk have been reintroduced to our great Northwoods, and the highlight of any road trip there is catching a glimpse of one of these imposing and handsome beings.

Watch the video below made for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation by Scott McKinley Productions. Accompanied by music from Kenny G., it recently won the Best of Show award at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. The majority of the film was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

In this week of March, as winter 2013 tries to hang on a bit longer across the country, it’s good to rest our shovel-weary muscles for a moment and take a look at the beauty the season truly does bring.

Elk are one of the many amazing species we spot on our summer Yellowstone wildlife safaris.  Or, join Natural Habitat during the winter months on our unique Yellowstone wolf tours!


  1. Art Hardy March 9, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Critters are cool!

  2. Christine Anderson March 9, 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Candice, this is absolutely beautiful. Wish I was there. I’ll definitely have to put this on my “to go” list. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ed Wetschler March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Candice, even Kenny G couldn’t ruin this for me; what a wonderful video!

  4. Lorna Smith March 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This is a great film depicting intact ecosystems, predator and prey species that now live together in Yellowstone and elsewhere across the West. But one species that interacts with elk is conspicuously missing: Where are the wolves, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? They should be shown here, too! Now THAT would be a truly stunning film….

  5. Mauverneen Blevins March 8, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply


  6. Myint Shwe March 8, 2013 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Cervus eldi eldi is found in central of Myanmar. More than 1000 individuals are pocked in Chathin wildlife sanctuary, Sagaing division.

  7. Judy March 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply


  8. Joan Fisher March 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    The Elk Refuge in Jackson is just breathtaking. My husband and I were out there for a week last March and spent a lot of time in the refuge with every visit providing more amazing photo opportunities. Can’t wait to get back there!

  9. Carlyn Kline March 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Food for the soul!

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