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Big mammals flourish as Cerrado park’s savanna comes back

14 / 07 / 2017, Mongabaycom News

Part of Brazil’s most altered landscape has proven that it's capable of regenerating after the effects of farming, timber plantations and ranching, according to a recent study. The research demonstrates for the first time that recovering areas in the savanna-anchored ecosystem known as the Brazilian Cerrado can support about the same numbers of large mammals as pristine sections. The findings, published online in June by the journal Biotropica, offer a bit of hope for biodiversity as the number of human-altered landscapes rises worldwide. [caption id="attachment_197334" align="aligncenter" width="768"] A lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), one of the threatened mammals that inhabit the 'secondary' savanna found in the Cerrado's Veredas do Peruaçu State Park State Park. Photo courtesy of Guilherme Ferreira.[/caption] A lot of research has shown that secondary tropical forest – that is, the forest that returns after humans have cleared what had been standing – still provides a viable habitat for many animals, though it’s less robust than primary, or old-growth, forest. But the Cerrado has remained a mystery, despite the fact that it covers between 20 and 25 percent of Brazil and half of it has been converted for agriculture. That’s a larger proportion than the conversion that’s occurred in either the Amazon or the Atlantic Forest, lead author Guilherme Ferreira said. “We didn’t know anything about secondary Cerrado,” said Ferreira, an ecologist with the Zoological Society of London and the Biotropics Institute in Minas Gerais, Brazil. [caption id="attachment_197333" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Carnivores, like this puma (Puma concolor), were also caught by the…

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