Apex predators are the kings and queens of the jungle: animals that sit at the top of the food chain with no natural predators. Apex predators like jaguars, wolves, eagles, and sharks keep herbivore populations in check. They help prevent overgrazing and unstable overpopulation booms that could destabilize their ecosystem. This means apex predators tend to have an outsized top-down impact on their environment, making many of them keystone species.

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