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Monday, 22 May 2017   /   published in Rhinos

Why Rhinos and Elephants are Important to Us

Why Elephants and Rhino are important to us. #Biodiversity

Elephants and rhinoceroses are essential to keeping biodiversity levels high, new research suggests.

In areas where these large seed-dispersing animals have disappeared, like the tropical forest of South-East Asia, researchers found that biodiversity dropped off. Other herbivores like the small pig-looking tapir can’t replace these large grazers.

“Megaherbivores act as the ‘gardeners’ of humid tropical forests: They are vital to forest regeneration and maintain its structure and biodiversity,” study researcher Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, of the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, said in a statement.