Elephant Traces Become Reservoirs with More than 60 Types of Creatures

02.09.2016

Specialists of the University of Koblenz (Germany) investigated 30 traces left by the elephants in the swampy forests of Kibale national Park in Uganda and which are filled with water throughout the year. Dozens of species of beetles, spiders, worms, tadpoles and other invertebrates were discovered in these «ponds». For many organisms the elephant traces became the only possible place of residence.

Elephant Traces Become Reservoirs with More than 60 Types of Creatures

Each «elephant pond» can accommodate up to 200 liters of water. There are more than 60 species of creatures larger than 2 mm, and even more microorganisms. As the traces are usually connected to each other, they are of great importance for the reproduction and distribution of its inhabitants, such as dragonflies. Large mammals, as it turned out, affect the ecosystem even on the microscopic level. This fact once again proves the existence of close relations in nature.