When is a moose not a moose? When it's an elk. In Europe a Moose is called an Elk. When settlers came to America they saw an Wapiti they called it an elk and we now know them as American Elk. So the Moose was given it’s Native American name which means “eater of twigs.” Where’s the tiger? Just wait. I want to set the table, familiarize everyone with the world (the Taiga) and it’s major players. The taiga is such an interesting Biome, full of familiar and unfamiliar animals.