Timbavati Private Game Reserve

One of the interesting facts we learnt was that an elephant eats up to 300 kg per day, which means each elephant generates about 100kg of manure every day!!!

The African bush has so much to offer, from huge elephants to tiny dung-beetles. I love that everything in nature works in harmony. Out in the bush there is an ecosystem where everything is inter-dependent on everything else. Consequently there is no wasted time, energy or even dung as everything is connected.

One of the interesting facts we learnt was that an elephant eats up to 300 kg per day, which means each elephant generates about 100kg of manure every day!!! The elephant’s waste is a source of sustenance for the little Dung Beetles. They collect up the elephant dung into a ball and then roll it to a destination where they bury it. They then climb into the ball of dung with their mate and it is here where they reproduce. The dung beetle larva are then born inside this ball of dung.

This is such a classic example of how all the species within the bush are inter-dependent on each other for their survival. The dung-beetle depends on the elephants, the grasslands depend on the dung-beetle for sustenance during winter and so on.

I just love the harmony of nature.

Timbavati Private Game Reserve

The elephant’s waste is a source of sustenance for the little Dung Beetles.