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Wild horses and donkeys dig desert wells that boost biodiversity

By Karina Shah A donkey digging a wellE. LundgrenFeral horses and donkeys in the Sonoran desert in North America dig their own wells, inadvertently providing a water source for other animals and increasing biodiversity in the area. Erick Lundgren at Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues monitored four separate streams in part of the…

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Wild horses and donkeys dig wells in the desert, providing water for wildlife

AnimalsNewsThese unexpected “ecosystem engineers” provide hydration for dozens of animal species, from badgers to elf owls to toads.ByDouglas MainPublished April 29, 2021• 5 min readHumans have a long history of digging wells, but we’re not the only species to tap the earth for water: New research reveals wild horses and donkeys, also known as burros,…