Lions and leopards play a key part in the maintaining of ecosystems and weather patterns beyond what we and specifically our elected officials in government can comprehend.
Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth,” a review paper that was published on July 15, 2011, in the journal Science, concluded that the decline of large predators and herbivores in all regions of the world is causing substantial changes to Earth’s terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. The paper claims that the loss of apex consumers(big cats wolves etc) from ecosystems “may be humankind’s most pervasive influence on nature.”
This paper documents some of the negative effects that the widespread loss of these animals has already had on Earth’s biosphere, climate, biodiversity, and vegetation.
Of relevance to Zambia is the papers’ finding that the reduction of lions and leopards from areas of sub-Saharan Africa caused the baboon population to swell. This unexpectedly increased transmission of intestinal parasites from baboons to humans as the primates were forced to forage closer to human settlements.
The following video shows how the re-introduction on wolves had an impact on the rivers in the Yellowstone national park in the US.
By Concerned Zambian