Illegal trafficking and poaching of rhinos, elephants and pangolins, and others in South Africa were the topics in a recent talk by a Wild Tomorrow Fund ecologist, at Audubon Greenwich, in Connecticut. Researchers say there is hope despite a seemingly grim future for the animals.
Members of both animal and human social groups work together to hunt, forage and fight under the guidance of leader. A recent study took a closer look at the nature of leadership to better understand how human and non-human leaders promote cooperative actions.
Hypercarnivores, or enormous predators, most likely shaped the ecosystem during the Pleistocene epoch. Essentially, packs of these large animals controlled populations of herbivores so to preserve the ancient landscapes and valuable vegetation.
Higher social status has its perks, and new research shows that one of them is a healthier life... as least for wild animals.