Elephants produce a huge amount of dung. You may be surprised to know of the many uses and benefits of elephant these dung balls. An elephant consumes around 250 kilograms of herbs and leaves every day. On average, each elephant produces approximately 50 kilograms of waste daily. It’s astonishing to know that this poop can be useful in many ways!
An elephant only digests about 45% of their food. And as the waste product is mostly fibre, elephant dung can fairly easily be made into paper. The dung of one elephant can provide about 115 sheets of paper per day! Which is an added benefit of reducing deforestation and saving the indigenous tree populations of nearby forests from being destroyed.
There are also some delicious benefits of elephant dung too. Beans can be collected from their stools then washed dried and roasted by brewers before being sold as an expensive variety of coffee.
Surprisingly, elephant dung is a natural, non-polluting effective mosquito repellent. Lighting up a piece of poop and notice that the mozzies will fly away instantly (please note, there is no need to apply the dung to the skin). Also, the fume from burning elephant dung can be also used as a mild painkiller!
Elephants also play many important biological roles within forests. Their dungs saves plants and trees. They help with nutrient cycling wherever they live. Elephants leave dung that is full of seeds from the many plants they eat. When this dung is deposited, the seeds are sown and grow into new grasses, bushes, trees and boosting the health of the ecosystem!
Who knew poop could be so beneficial!