Elephants consume many different types of plants, 100-500 types in fact. They eat root, grass, leaves, hay, bark, and fruit. Elephants eat 300 pounds of food a day! Also, they drink about two bathtubs of water a day! Elephants who live in zoos are fed lettuce heads, apples, and potatoes. When they are good they are fed watermelon and carrots as well as the other food. Sometimes elephants are picky about their food, if the leaves they want are too high up on the tree they will push it over to reach it. Elephants don't have the most interesting diet but they do eat quite a lot.
An elephant reaches for some leaves that look better than the others
Elephants tusks are made of ivory. Some people poach elephants for their unique tusks because what they are made of are worth a lot of money. One third of their tusks are in their mouth and they usually prefer one over the other. Also, did you know the elephants tusks are just big teeth? Teeth get chipped some times, especially if you use them to dig for food and scrape bark from trees. If the elephant lives in the zoo, they go to see the zoo's animal dentist. Elephants tusks are quite large.