It’s easy to overlook the impact a species has on its environment until it’s gone. The extinction of the rhino would have devastating effects on its habitat.
Rhinos are amazing animals, but here are 5 reasons why they are so important to their ecosystem:
- They open doors for othersAs large, powerful animals, rhinos create pathways for other animals when they move help, giving them new areas to feed and rest.
- Rhinos keep the landscape greenRhinos feed selectively. By choosing certain vegetation they prevent dominant species getting out of control and promote diversity.
- Their bodies provide foodWhen rhinos die, their carcasses provide food for scavenging mammals like hyenas, lions and wild dogs.
- Rhinos locate water
During times of drought, rhinos dig for water using their feet and horns, which helps other animals of the savannah.
- Rhinos boost the economyRhinos not only attract tourists from across the globe, they also provide jobs for local people.