Ecosystems Suffer As Large Herbivores Stand On The Brink Of Extinction

Posted by Mike Confino, May 10, 2015


Humans aren’t the only ones suffering in a changing environment. While Californians grapple with drought, wild animals in the west are moving into cities, thirsty and looking for water wherever they can get it. But it’s the larger animals that may hurt the most from a changing ecosystem in the long run.

Loss of habitat and overhunting by humans has led to a sharp and unexpected decline in the numbers of large herbivores in the wild. In a study published in Science Advances this week, researchers looked at the 74 largest herbivore species throughout the world to see how they were faring. The prognosis, unfortunately, was dire.


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