Elephant’s appetite coaxes forests into storing more carbon

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Elephants are being hailed as the latest climate champions – and for good reason! Scientists have discovered that these majestic creatures act as foresters, vacuuming up to 200 kilograms worth of plants each day and influencing the carbon storage of African forests. The elephants’ preferences for the fruit of slower-growing trees means they help spread the seeds through their poop, potentially increasing the amount of carbon stored in the jungle forests. Conservationists are now hoping that the role of elephants in tackling climate change will inspire people to save the species from illegal hunting. Read full article here

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