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The Proper Classification of the Elephant's Digestive System

African Elephant

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Mammalian digestion can be separated into two distinct categories: ruminants and nonruminants.

Before starting on this project I found myself very curious as to how an animal can be classified as one

or the other and what goes into that process. In order to explore it first hand I decided to look very

closely at one animal in particular, the elephant. My goal in creating this website is to share what I've

learned about elephants, ruminants, and nonruminants.


Please email Brian McRae at Davidson College with any questions.

This website was created as a part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.