Monday, 3 March 2014

Livestock beating pandas to the bamboo buffet

February 27, 2014

Michigan State University

Pandas, it turns out, aren't celebrating the Year of the Horse. Livestock, particularly horses, have been identified as a significant threat to panda survival. The reason: they're beating the pandas to the bamboo buffet. A paper by panda habitat experts explores an oft-hidden yet significant conflict in conservation. “Livestock affect most of the world's biodiversity hotspots,” an author said. “They make up 20 percent of all of the earth's land mammals and therefore monopolize key resources needed to maintain the earth's fragile ecosystems.”

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