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Most individuals understand that elephants are a delicate piece of the African ecosystem. However, elephant poop is especially valuable.  This has long been common knowledge in Africa, where numerous studies have identified elephants as important dispersers of seeds for a vast variety of plants. Both forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) and bush elephants (L. africana) eat numerous types of fruits and vegetables, digest what they can, and then drop the seeds out several hours (and often several miles) away from their original location. The seeds then sprout and grow, helping to keep the populations of forest plants healthy. Research has shown that as elephants...

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