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 savanna
Ecological interactions Herbivory; Ecosystem engineering
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Morphology
Change over time Disturbance
Disturbance Other
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Date August 08, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Elephant feeding on tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Elephants employ their marvelously adapted trunks to drink, bathe, pick up items, and feed. The trunk is essentially an elongated upper lip containing the nostrils. Using two small projections at the end of the trunk, and elephant can pick berries or rub eyes or it can use the entire trunk to lift massive logs. Less than a minute later this adult female pushed over the tree on which she was feeding, so that a youngster in her family group could feed on leaves that were out of reach. See the companion image to see the tree going over.