What do elephants eat?
Elephants are herbivores and eat a wide range of food sources in the wild. Some species of elephant, such as the African elephant, will eat up to 300 kilograms of food every day to sustain themselves. In comparison, a human adult will eat around 1.5–2 kilograms of food per day.
In the wild, elephants eat mostly grass, wild fruits, twigs, shrubs, bamboo and bananas. Their main food source is grass, when it is available to them.
Elephants will also happily eat tree bark, plant roots and even soil. Tree bark is a great source of roughage, which will aid an elephant’s digestion. Tusks are sometimes used to carve into a tree trunk, tearing off strips of bark before feeding.