Elephant Poo Gifts
What goes in one end must come out the other....
Elephants of course are no exception. They each between 200 to 250kg of food every day at one end - and produce an enormous 50kg of dung at the other. And elephant dung matters.
Elephants eat seeds at one end, transport them around in their tummies in the middle and then "plant" them from their back end, sometimes as far as 57km. Elephant dung is rich in nutrients and that enables seeds to germinate and grow, giving a range of animals new habitats.
Their dung equals dinner. Dung beetles collect it and then store it for dung larvae. Honey badgers eat the dung beetle. Honey badgers thus need elephant dung.
So did you know that people also use elephant dung, and you can also buy the elephant lover in your life a gift from elephant dung? Here are a few elephant dung gift ideas....
How about giving an Elephant Dung Photo Album?
This one is from the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka, and it's handmade, Fair Trade, eco-friendly and fun! It's made from 75% elephant dung & 25% recycled paper. No need to go to Sri Lanka - you can buy this online on Amazon for £24.95!
You could also give an Eco Maximus Elephant Dung Writing Stationery Set! It contains 10 sheets of elephant dung paper with 5 ungummed envelopes and a natural tea wood pencil. All for £8.95, again from Amazon.
The paper is sourced from the Maximus Elephant Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka, who have their workshop on the grounds of the Millennium Elephant Foundation. The chairty cares for sick and disabled elephants. It also helps to educate rural villages which have been plagued by elephants eating their crops, to show that the elephants could be a form of income. The villages get paid for collecting elephant dung, so they have a reason to live with the elephants, rather than against them!
|This is the small version of the Eco Maximum Elephant Dung Notebook (£5.95) and it's 90 x 105mm. It's got approximately 60 pages of handmade paper in different colours - a fun gift, and 75% of it is made from elephant dung from the back of an elephant! (The rest of made from recycled paper, so it's very eco-friendly.)|
This coffee is £70 for a pack of 35g - they do say it's expensive! So what's special about it? Well, it's refined by elephants! And what's more, based in Ban Taklang, Thailand, the coffee makers support the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The Foundation educates the children of elephant care-giving families on the plight of wild elephants in Thailand and on the problem of human elephant conflict. And it enables children to go to a national park where they see elephants in the wild for the first time in their lives - also often the first time they've been outside their village. You can buy an elephant lover who loves coffee Black Ivory Coffee from Amazon.