Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores

  title={Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores},
  author={William J. Ripple and Thomas M. Newsome and Christopher Wolf and Rodolfo Dirzo and K. T. Everatt and Mauro Galetti and Matthew W. Hayward and Graham I. H. Kerley and Taal Levi and Peter A. Lindsey and David W. Macdonald and Yadvinder S. Malhi and Luke E. Painter and Christopher J. Sandom and John Terborgh and Blaire Van Valkenburgh},
  journal={Science Advances},
The collapsing populations of large herbivores will have extensive ecological and social consequences. Large wild herbivores are crucial to ecosystems and human societies. We highlight the 74 largest terrestrial herbivore species on Earth (body mass ≥100 kg), the threats they face, their important and often overlooked ecosystem effects, and the conservation efforts needed to save them and their predators from extinction. Large herbivores are generally facing dramatic population declines and… 
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