The importance of grasslands

 

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Historically, elephants and other big mammals went to the lowlands during dry season, to look for grass in the floodplains.

As these lowland areas are not accessible anymore, substitutes are necessary.

stroll in the grass

stroll in the grass

There are grasslands within the park boundaries now.

Key is maintenance of these grasslands.

 

elephant herd grazing

elephant herd grazing

2 options are available; cutting and burning. Cutting is only a second choice, as the grass is not growing new, but rather only grow back. Furthermore, when cutting the grass

frequently (over years) the grass will become shorter and shorter and ultimately to short for elephants. So the best solution is burning.

Burning Grassland

Burning Grassland