What Do Baby Elephants Eat?

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September 11, 2022 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant

The diet of a baby elephant is mostly milk for the first year of its life. After that, they begin to eat more solid food and by the time they are two years old; their diet is similar to that of an adult elephant. They eat grass, leaves, bark, and roots.

Sometimes they will also eat small amounts of sand or dirt to help with digestion.

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elephants are born weighing about 200 pounds and they can double their weight in the first year. So what do baby elephants eat to support all that growth?

For starters, baby elephants consume huge quantities of milk. A newborn elephant will drink about 10 gallons of milk a day! As they get older, they’ll start to supplement their diet with solid food, including leaves, twigs, bark, and fresh grass.

By the time they’re fully grown adults, elephants will be eating up to 300 pounds of food per day!

Where Do Baby Elephants Live

Most baby elephants are born in Africa. African elephants live in savannas, grasslands, and forests. They range from the Sahara Desert to the rainforests of the Congo.

Some African elephants migrate from place to place as seasons and conditions change. Indian elephants live in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. They spend most of their time in forests where they eat trees and bushes.

Indian elephants are smaller than African elephants and have shorter tusks. Elephants usually stay close to home—within a few miles of where they were born. But sometimes young bulls (male elephants) will leave their family groups and strike out on their own.

These “bachelor herds” often cause trouble by raiding crops or destroying property. Sometimes these young males will even kill people.

What Do Baby Elephants Eat?

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What are Elephants Favorite Food?

Elephants are herbivores, which means their diet consists entirely of plants. While they will eat just about any type of plant matter, there are some that they seem to prefer. Elephants have been known to eat over 100 different types of plants in a single day!

Some of their favorites include grasses, bamboo, tree bark, and leaves. They also enjoy fruits and vegetables like watermelons, bananas, and pumpkins. In the wild, elephants typically spend up to 16 hours per day foraging for food.

They will consume anywhere from 150-300 pounds of vegetation per day! That’s a lot of eating!

Do Elephants Have Milk?

Yes, elephants do have milk. Just like any other mammal, they produce milk to feed their young. Elephant milk is very similar to human milk in terms of its nutritional content.

It is high in fat and protein, which helps the baby elephant grow quickly. The milk also contains antibodies that help protect the calf from disease.

Do Baby Elephants Get Milk?

Yes, baby elephants get milk. In fact, they drink a lot of it! A baby elephant can consume up to 10% of its body weight in milk each day.

That’s about 50 gallons (190 liters) for a 200-pound (91-kilogram) calf!

What Do Baby Elephants Love?

There is no definitive answer to this question as each baby elephant will have different things that they love. However, there are some general things that most baby elephants tend to enjoy. For example, many baby elephants love to play in water and mud, and will often be seen splashing around in pools or rolling in the dirt.

They also tend to enjoy being around other elephants, both young and old, and will often be seen socializing with their herd mates. Additionally, baby elephants typically enjoy eating a variety of foods (including leaves, fruits, and vegetables) and exploring their surroundings.


Most baby elephants are born weighing around 200 pounds. They will drink their mother’s milk for the first six to twelve months of life, and after that, they will begin to eat solid food. Adult elephants eat about 50 gallons of vegetation per day, so it is safe to say that baby elephants consume a lot less than that.

Baby elephants will usually eat whatever their mothers are eating, which consists of grass, leaves, bark, and roots.

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