Camels aid in Joshua tree restoration efforts

In a novel approach to environmental restoration, camels are being used to transport Joshua tree sprouts across the Mojave Desert's burn scars.

Miles W. Griffis reports for Vox.


In short:

  • The Mojave Desert's Joshua trees, devastated by wildfires and climate change, are struggling to naturally regenerate.
  • Human volunteers and camels are collaborating to plant and water Joshua tree sprouts, aiding their spread across large burn scars.
  • This unique method echoes the historical role of large mammals in seed dispersal and offers a creative solution to current ecological challenges.

Key quote:

"Even if they are only a small part, camels bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the event that adds a mix of absurdity plus practicality."

— Brendan Cummings, conservation director, Center for Biological Diversity

Why this matters:

By reintroducing large mammals for seed dispersal, we not only aid in the recovery of the iconic Joshua tree but also demonstrate a creative approach to adapting conservation strategies in the face of climate change.

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