"Our First Elephant in the Wild"
The Elephants' diet is very diverse, consisting of leaves, grass, tree bark and fruit. The seeds of many plants are dispersed in their dung. Many seeds will not even germinate unless they have first passed through the gut of an elephant. It has a relatively small stomach but food passes through the digestive system very quickly. It can eat 300-600 pounds of food and feed up to 18 hours per day. It has excellent hearing and an acute sense of smell. Eyesight is good in faint light, poorer in bright. It also has a well-developed Jacobson's organ (the animal "tastes" the chemicals in the air).
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