Are elephants ruminants?

Date: 1996-10-31 from Stefanie Crisanto in USA


Are elephants ruminants?


No they do not belong to Ruminantia, a subgroup to Ungulata (true hoof animals). Apart from the taxonomic side, they have a digestive system similar to horses, and it is not very optimal, they have a rather great loss of nutrition's, which of course, is a benefit to other feces-eating species in the ecosystem.

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