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Absence of Elephants and Rhinoceroses Reduces Biodiversity in Tropical Forests

Animals  (tags: animals, environment, elephants, rhinoceroses, rhinos, biodiversity, seed dispersal, tropical forests )

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The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and rhinoceroses puts the structural integrity and biodiversity of the tropical forest of South-East Asia at risk. With the help of Spanish researchers, an international team of expe

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Sunday May 13, 2012, 9:03 am
A similar study was done by Berkeley University Ca back in the late '80's concerning the vital role that elephants play in the African Savannah in preserving grasses and other plant life. In spite of the fact that this study showed that African grasses that are vital to the production of wheat hybrids would be under threat if elephants vanished from the Savannah little has changed in world attitude over 20 years. The tempo of extinction has increased with ever greater populations and the relentless greed of the Chinese and other Asians for ivory. The only thing that will pull humanity up short from its headlong determination to destroy the environment will be mass die offs of human beings. Something to look forward to in the next 2 decades or so.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 12:52 pm
As always, people what they do not understand. The Chinese are responsible for much of what is happening in the way of poaching because of Chinese "medicine". They also eat anything and everything that moves and the rarer the animal, the more they pay!

Beth S (330)
Sunday May 13, 2012, 10:17 pm
That's true, Gillian. It's terrible. Human overpopulation is terrible. Chinese have no regard for animals.

Danuta Watola (1249)
Monday May 14, 2012, 1:33 am

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Monday May 14, 2012, 8:50 am
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