We were interested to read a recent article detailing how the African elephants in the Congo Basin are seen to play a 'vital role in shaping their habitat'.
A small group of researchers have been studying an area known to be frequented by African elephants in the Sangha Rainforest in the Central African Republic. The elephants gather at a certain spot of mineral- and salt-laden sand and muddy water to dig for nutrients they can’t get from the otherwise abundant forests.
An elephant digging for salt-rich mud in the Dzanga baï in the Sangha Rainforest in the Central African Republic. Image taken from original article by mongabay.com
According to the fascinating article, 'Conservationists are beginning to understand the importance of elephants as forest gardeners...and how their taste for certain trees and fruits has sculpted a forest that absorbs more carbon per hectare than the Amazon.'
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