African Elephants Diet

January 23, 2011 by
Filed under: Animal Facts 

African Elephants Diet/Feeding
Its diet consists of purely vegetation in the form of grasses, tree limbs, tubers, fruits, vines and shrubs.

They will spend up to 16 hours of each day foraging for the 300+ pounds of vegetation they must consume to meet their nutritional needs. Their digestive system is geared towards processing massive quantities of bulk, of which only 45% is actually digested and used.

The partially digested feces are an ecologically important method of seed dispersal, and one species of plant actually must be passed through an elephant`s gut in order to germinate and grow!

Diet: The African elephant eats between 300 and 500 pounds of vegetation every day. It consumes a widely varied diet of grass, tree bark and fruits. Soils are often consumed for their mineral content.

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