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Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, May 2015
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Mentioned by

news
41 news outlets
blogs
7 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
248 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
googleplus
5 Google+ users

Citations

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Readers on

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835 Mendeley
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2 CiteULike
Title
Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores
Published in
Science Advances, May 2015
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1400103
Pubmed ID
Authors

William J. Ripple, Thomas M. Newsome, Christopher Wolf, Rodolfo Dirzo, Kristoffer T. Everatt, Mauro Galetti, Matt W. Hayward, Graham I. H. Kerley, Taal Levi, Peter A. Lindsey, David W. Macdonald, Yadvinder Malhi, Luke E. Painter, Christopher J. Sandom, John Terborgh, Blaire Van Valkenburgh

Abstract

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 range contractions, such that ~60% are threatened with extinction. Nearly all threatened species are in developing countries, where major threats include hunting, land-use change, and resource depression by livestock. Loss of large herbivores can have cascading effects on other species including large carnivores, scavengers, mesoherbivores, small mammals, and ecological processes involving vegetation, hydrology, nutrient cycling, and fire regimes. The rate of large herbivore decline suggests that ever-larger swaths of the world will soon lack many of the vital ecological services these animals provide, resulting in enormous ecological and social costs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 16 2%
United States 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
South Africa 6 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 13 2%
Unknown 767 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 159 19%
Researcher 157 19%
Student > Master 151 18%
Student > Bachelor 104 12%
Unspecified 60 7%
Other 203 24%
Unknown 1 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 393 47%
Environmental Science 270 32%
Unspecified 92 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 26 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 1%
Other 41 5%
Unknown 1 <1%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 607. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 July 2019.
All research outputs
#10,500
of 13,194,266 outputs
Outputs from Science Advances
#124
of 3,043 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#215
of 227,054 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science Advances
#4
of 56 outputs
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