Takeaways:

  • As small elephants tear through the rainforest, they are helping the forest store more carbon in its trees.
  • According to a recent study, each forest elephant helps increase the rainforests’ carbon capture by 9,500 metric tons of CO2 per square kilometers.
  • Elephants trample on the smaller trees competing with larger ones for light and nutrients and therefore increase the average tree diameter and total above-ground biomass.

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