- Author: Lisa Fischer
Ever wonder what elephants eat at the zoo? Fernando "Fernie" Miramontes, Superintendent at Desert REC, hadn't either until he was contacted by a hay broker for the San Diego Zoo looking for Sudan grass.
Sudan grass is grown at the Desert REC as a summer cover crop and is very low in nitrogen - that is good news for elephants! If elephants' feed is high in nitrogen they abort their calves and their eyes can be damaged. Sudan grass serves the elephants well.