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For one tropical tree, effective seed dispersal relies especially on elephants

Deer, bears, gibbons, but especially elephants, play an important role in seed dispersal for a large-fruited tree in the forests of Thailand, according to...

Elephant declines imperil Africa’s forests

Poaching and habitat loss have reduced forest elephant populations in Central Africa by 63 percent since 2001. This widespread killing poses dire consequences not...

Declines of specific animal species affect Amazonian forests

Human hunting of large Amazon rain forest animals--such as spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, tapirs and white-lipped peccaries, as well as some bird species such...

Hunting is changing forests, but not as expected

When it comes to spreading their seeds, many trees in the rainforest rely on animals, clinging to their fur or hitching a ride within...

Bears are the chief seed dispersers in Alaska

It's a story of bears, birds and berries. In southeastern Alaska, brown and black bears are plentiful because of salmon. Their abundance also means they...