25 Apr '11, 8pm

Elephants: the gardeners of Asia's and Africa's forests

Vanishing forest elephants are the Congo's greatest cultivators (04/09/2009) A new study finds that forest elephants may be responsible for planting more trees in the Congo than any other species or ghenus. Conducting a thorough survey of seed dispersal by forest elephants, Dr. Stephen Blake, formerly of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and now of the Mac Planck Institute for Ornithology, and his team found that forest elephants consume more than 96 species of plant seeds and can carry the seeds as far as 57 kilometers (35 miles) from their parent tree. Forest elephants are a subspecies of the more-widely known African elephant of the continent's great savannas, differing in many ways from their savanna-relations, including in their diet. Frogs species discovered living in elephant dung (06/10/2009) Three different species of frogs have been discovered living in the...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0425-hance_camposarceiz_bla...

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