Soon we will be heading back out to the bush for another round of surveys for giraffe and 17 other species of hoofed mammals, or "ungulates." Ungulates are herbivores, and consume vast amounts of grasses, shrubs, and trees. They process this vegetation through their digestive systems and excrete it out, thus fertilizing the soil. They also are prey for a whole host of predators and scavengers. Ungulates are key to shaping and maintaining the environments in which they live. The Wild Nature Institute established a long-term monitoring program for all 18 species of ungulates in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem, and we are committed to studying and conserving these wondrous and important creatures of the savanna.
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