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• Elk were first imported and wild released into Fiordland, New Zealand March 3rd 1905


• Commercially farming elk in New Zealand commenced in the late 1970’s


• Importing North American pure elk into New Zealand commenced again in the early 1980’s


• The term “wapiti” is used in New Zealand to describe animals that were derived from wild animals captured from Fiordland, New Zealand.   For a comprehensive explanation of terminology used in New Zealand around elk (click here >)describing elk


• The term “elk” is used to describe animals that were imported or derived from parents of animals imported from North America in the 1980’s



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