Elephant feeding

Title Info
Common name Elephant, African
Scientific name Loxodonta africana
Taxonomic group Elephantidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical grassland
Nutrient cycles Carbon
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Lessons Herbivory
Date August 01, 2003
Location Tarangire National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Elephant feeding on shrub, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Male African elephants may weigh as much as 4-7 tons (4,000-6000 kg) and stand 3-4 yd (3-4 m) high at the shoulder. It takes an enormous amount of food to keep an animal that size going, and elephants can eat up to 5% of their weight over a 24-hour period. For an adult male, that would be about 400-600 lb/day (200-300 kg/day).