The Destructive Feeding Ecology of Elephants versus Giraffes in South Africa

Author(s)Michelle Roberts
Year Published2000
JournalElephant and Giraffe Feeding Behaviours in South Africa VG 403
Page Numbers45-48
Size2.88 MB

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), tallest of the land mammals and heaviest of all ruminants, is one of the world's best-known animals because of its highly distinctive appearance. The African elephant (Loxodonta africana), is the largest land mammal on Earth and one of the most interesting species because of its unique feeding strategies. How destructive is the feeding ecology of elephants as compared to giraffes? A comparison of the two species' diets, feeding strategies, environmental impacts and management are considered.

Key Words: Giraffe, elephant, ruminant, feeding ecology, environmental impacts

Author: Michelle Roberts

Journal: Elephant and Giraffe Feeding Behaviours in South Africa VG 403

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