Cattle pasture

Title Info
Common name Cattle
Scientific name Bos taurus
Taxonomic group Bovidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical rainforest
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Human impacts Deforestation; Pasture
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Conservation Habitat loss
Lessons Habitat loss
Location Northeast Costa Rica,Costa Rica,North America

Cattle pasture on former tropical rainforest land, Costa Rica. This scene is quite familiar throughout the tropics. Land that was once covered with rich lowland rainforest has been converted to cattle pasture. All too often, these pastures lose productivity after just a few years and more forest is cut to create further pasture land.