Africa's tropical savannas support the world's most spectacular mammalian fauna. The magnificent spectacles provided by large herds of antelopes and other game with their attendant predators form a vital part of the continent's unique wildlife. Africa's forest ecosystems also support diverse antelope communities. In total, sub-Saharan Africa supports more than 70 antelope species (the precise number depending on taxonomic treatment), which is a much greater diversity than achieved by any other group of medium to large-sized mammals. As well as comprising a major component of the continent's biodiversity, Africa's antelopes and other wildlife are a priceless global heritage which is deeply instilled in human culture. This reflects the pivotal role of the African plains as a cradle of human evolution.