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Elephant Ecology

Gorongosa's elephants play an important role in the park's ecosystem, and every creature here somehow depends on them. By knocking down trees and eating tall grass, they act like gardeners, keeping the bush open and clear, accessible to other grazers. They spend 16 hours a day eating to satisfy their huge appetite, and you can spot the telltale signs of their presence everywhere: enormous balls of poop that fertilize the soil and spread seeds. Their dung is also a delicious treat for Gorongosa's dung beetles!