Animals help maintain the Earth's natural environments by predating upon plants and other animals, pollinating various plants, and exhaling carbon dioxide, which green plants require to live. Additionally, animals help to fertilize plants via their droppings, which provide nutrition for plants, and seed-dispersal tendencies, which help plants to disperse through habitats. Once they die, animals also serve as food for microorganisms and supplemental minerals for plants.Know More
All terrestrial organisms are interconnected; the plants affect the animals, and vice versa. Terrestrial ecosystems derive their initial energy from the sun. Plants capture the energy in sunlight and convert it to chemical energy by the process of photosynthesis. Accordingly, ecologists call plants "producers." During photosynthesis, plants also produce oxygen that the planet’s animals need to survive.
Herbivores, which ecologists call "consumers," benefit from the oxygen produced by the plants as well as the food they represent. These primary consumers control the population of many plant species and help disperse the seeds or help to pollinate the various plants. Predators, which ecologists call "secondary consumers," eat these animals. These predators help control the predation pressure on the plants by limiting the number of primary consumers. Once the consumers die, and the species that ecologists call "decomposers" begin breaking down the animals, nutrients are released into the soil that plants use for growth.Learn more about Environmental Science
A rotting log is often the habitat to a variety of insects, including carpenter ants, bugs, centipedes, beetles and crickets. A larger rotting log may be home to smaller animals as well, including squirrels, raccoons, woodpeckers, owls and snakes.Full Answer >
A wide range of animals live on tropical islands, including monkeys and feral pigs. Sloths and big cats also live on the islands.Full Answer >
Some animals that live in the tropical wet-dry climate, also known as savannas or tropical grasslands, are elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. Some other animals that live in this type of climate include jackals, rhinos and sparrows.Full Answer >
Plants and animals depend on each other for several reasons, including production of food, eradication of harmful pests and even propagation. Some interactions between plants and animals are detrimental, such as the serious injury or harm that occurs when animals eat toxic plants. Other relationships, however, like pollination, benefit both species.Full Answer >