[PCA] NSF Discoveries: Fruits of the forest gone: Overhunting of large animals has catastrophic effects on trees

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Mon Dec 15 15:40:05 CST 2014

*November 12, 2014*

The elephant has long been an important spiritual, cultural and national
symbol in Thailand. At the beginning of the 20th century, its numbers
exceeded 100,000.

Today, those numbers have plunged to 2,000. Elephants, as well as other
large, charismatic animals such as tigers, monkeys and civet cats, are
under attack from hunters and poachers.

While the loss of these animals is concerning for species conservation, now
researchers at the University of Florida have shown that overhunting can
have widespread effects on the forest itself.
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