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Human ImpactNegative:The human impact on the grassland biome is very fascinating. The positive impact is that people are building reserves for the grasslands animals. Some of the reserves are volunteer based. The negative human impact is that people are poaching the animals in the grasslands for money or just plain mean fun. This is causing the grassland’s animal population to drop dramatically. Some of the animals that are being poached are on the endangered list and are at risk of extinction.
Positive:

Humans have been helping the grassland animals and nature of the grasslands by creating reserves for the organisms. The reserves are keeping the animals and plants out of extinction by creating these reserves. They protect the animals, and they only die of natural causes or being preyed on by other animals. These reserves have kept many grassland animals and plants off the extinction list.
Problems in the GrasslandsProblem #1. Grassland rhinos' are being shot down and killed. The rhinos' horns are very valuable and are thought of as a very rare treasure. This is a problem because the rhino population is decreasing rapidly. Especially the rare black rhinocerous', there horns are said to be more valuable than any other rhinocerous'. This is why they're becoming endangered and need help to be protected. This is an issue that must be addressed with the public imedialtly.

Problem #2.
Another problem that is going on in the grasslands is the problem of the water. There a few watering holes in the grasslands now, especially during hot summers when the water evaporates. This is a major problem in the grasslands. Because of the water problems animals in the grasslands are beginning to decrease in population. Some animals may even go extinct because of the water loss.
Solutions to Grassland problems
Solution #1.
Early in the August of 2007a young rhino was shot and killed by pochers just for the poor thing's horns! Sadly this was only one of three black rhino killings that had taken place just 2 days after the law that clearly stated that rhino horn trade was illegal. This is now why all rhinoceros horns are being microchipped. The public hopes that this will curb the "dramatic" decrese of rhinos especially black rhinos whoes horns are very rare. Although this law will help rhinos it's not helping the tourist population. That is why they now claim hunters can only kill one rhino per year. They hope it will decrease the chances of illegal rhino trade. For more information on the microcips go to the Grassland Bibliography page and click on the first website adress under Conservation websites!
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Black rhinoceros horns



Solution #2.
Humans can help prevent this problem by creating man made water holes for the animals, and always make sure there is enough water for them. They also need to stop daming the water holes that are already in existence. If people do these simple things we could increase the animal population by sky rocketing numbers. We could even keep some species off the extiction list!

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Zebras at a natural grassland watering hole




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