Herd Is the Word

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Don’t ignore the wildebeest, urge the authors of a new paper about abundant wildlife and their importance to ecosystems and humans worldwide.

“Many once abundant species are currently in decline, yet conservationists and institutions often take notice and action only when they become rare,” says lead author and longtime WCS scientist Kent Redford, now head of Archipelago Consulting.

Abundant species provide vital ecosystem services on which nature and humans rely. For their part, wildebeest provide nutrient cycling, stimulating grass growth through their grazing habits.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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