Why losing apex predators is bad for everyone

There are few things that demonstrate the inter-connectedness of all nature than the cascading effect that declining populations if apex predators have on ecosystems – and human society. Nature keeps everything in balance, between predator and prey animals and between plants and the animal species that eat them.

When the top predators decline – typically through habitat loss and hunting – the balance is upset affecting animal and plant populations, and even the very topography of the landscape. This article explores the effect and calls for us to recognize the importance of the top predators and seek better ways of living alongside them.