|Wax palms in Bogotá's Parque de la Independencia, where cattle do not roam, but lawnmowers do.|
|Wax palms growing in the |
Valle de Cocora,
where it is under threat.
Now, however, National University researchers have found an event more serious threat in many regions: Cattle, which eat the palms' sprouts, preventing the trees from replacing themselves. If the wax palms go, so will many other species, including parrots, which depend on them for food and shelter.
|A hillside in the Valle de Cocora in 1988, with numerous wax palms. (Photo: Universidad Nacional)|
|The same hillside in 2012; few palms remain. (Photo: Universidad Nacional)|