Savanna grasslands

Repeated fires and/or human clearing will transform the deciduous dipterocarp forests into open savanna woodlands.

Reasons for starting fires include creating better grazing for species that will be hunted or for domestic livestock, driving out wildlife species from undergrowth to make hunting easier, clearing land for agriculture, and to make it easier to find land terrapins and cast-off deer antlers.

Fire resistant dipterocarp species will persist, over a mixed grassy understorey and thorny shrubs. These savannas provide grazing grounds for the large ungulates such as Banteng and Gaur (and Kouprey and Wild Water Buffalo, although the survival of these two species has not yet been confirmed).

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