Biomass

 
 
If you were to simply count heads, there are actually many other plant-eating species that are more numerous than the elephant.  These include the Water Buffalo, the Wild Boar, and the Axis Deer, as depicted here. 

 

   
photo M. Noonan


photo M. Noonan

However, in terms of biomass, the elephant is the dominant form of animal life in tropical Asia.  This is a measure used by scientists to assess a species' overall impact on its environment.  It takes into account the size of individuals as well as their numbers.  In plain English, the plants that grow in the forests and grasslands of tropical Asia support more pounds of elephants as a life form than any other species of animal. 


photo M. Noonan

 

ConserveNature.org is a program of Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.                                                  Web Design by Ivan Andrijevic