What is the daily life of an elephant like?

The daily life of an African elephant is a lot like yours, consisting of sleeping, eating, drinking, playing, and traveling. What is different, however, is how much time elephants spend doing each of these things. Elephants have very big appetites, eating as much as 440 lbs (200 kg) of plants in a single day! To meet this need, elephants spend about 75% of their time, both day and night, finding and eating food.

Elephants also need a lot of water and, if they live in very dry areas, may have to travel each day to get it. In the area of Botswana in southern Africa where I work, elephants come down to the river every afternoon to drink.

When they are not eating or drinking, elephants may interact with each other, playing and communicating. This is especially common with young elephants.

Elephants only sleep a few hours each day, once in the early morning before dawn, and again during the hottest part of the day, usually resting in the shade.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

ellie March 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

elephants rule!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roll Tide!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dylan loff April 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Elephants eat grass,leaves,fruit,and tree branches


alpha May 12, 2014 at 2:28 am

elephant live in unit like me and you


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