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Fact of the day

Elephants eat for up to 18 hours a day


Every time you chide yourself for dipping into the snack drawer, bear in mind that you’ve got a way to go before matching the appetite of the wild Asian elephant (elephas maximus) who graze for 16 to 18 hours a day. Elephants need to eat around 10 per cent of their body weight every day, equating to about 360 kilograms of food. In the wild, they are constantly foraging for bamboo, grasses, small trees and other edible plants. In safari parks, elephants are provided with a colossal heap of bananas, banana trees, yam, pumpkin, watermelon and other fruits and grasses to work their way through every day.


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