Elephants and other large herbivores such as moose and bison have been found to boost tree diversity, and therefore the overall biodiversity, in the protected areas around the world.
An insightful article released 3rd November, by One Earth, reported that:
“Our findings reveal a fascinating and complex story of how large herbivorous animals shape the world’s natural landscapes. The tree cover in these areas is sparser, but the diversity of the tree cover is much higher than in areas without large herbivores,” says Lanhui Wang, a researcher in physical geography and ecosystem science at Lund University.
To find out more and read the News Wise article by Lund University where the above quote features, click the link below.