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The best way to help cows and zebras? Make them live together

In Kenya, cattle reduce tick populations and help protect wildlife

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY—No rancher likes to think of their cows sharing space with a lion, or even an impala. But that may be the best way to save Africa’s big game, according to a study reported here this week at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. The counterintuitive approach could help the livestock—and therefore ranchers—as well.

“There’s potential for it to be a win-win situation,” says Steven Seagle, an ecologist at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, who was not involved with the work.

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Publication Date: 08/14/2019
Photo credits: R. Chaplin-Kramer
Editor: Elizabeth Pennisi