Dung Mafia


On the African savannah, a strange relationship is in play. The biggest land mammal on Earth has struck a deal with one of the smallest, and it’s a complex contract that reads like a Mafia drama.

Throughout the day, huge herbivores dump hefty payloads of feces onto the ground, and as it drops, two family empires mobilize to stake their claims! It’s a dog eat dog world behind the elephant’s feet - as two Dung beetle businesses prepare to fight for the prize. This is a microcosm of a free-market economy. A world of supply and demand, of profit and loss, of empires, and failed start-ups.

The largest land mammal is actually a factory for a cut-throat work-force below. Each behemoth supplies the grasslands with tons of daily dung. As a fresh piledrops, two families splutter into action. Dung beetles rule the Dung Mafia, and their world is divided. The Diggers and the Rollers compete for the poo - A Montague/Capulet rivalry of dung processing.

Diggers emerge from below, Rollers approach over ground. But the families differ in their approach, and ultimately their success. Diggers are brainy, co-operative and productive, Rollers are all brawn and bravado. While the Diggers are street-smart and successful, pulling together like any successful mafia family, the Rollers fall victim to in-fighting, competition and cut-throat battles to get their hands on the valuable merchandise – dung.

Both families are after the same prize, but one will only survive if they win the mafia war. Their future generation depends on it.


Our newsroom can’t run on passion for our world’s wildlife alone. We need your help. READ MORE...

close x donation-image