It seems a paradox that the artifacts of war could benefit wildlife. That, however, is the conclusion some have derived from studying the Zagros Mountains, on the Iran-Iraq border, and the DMZ between North and South Korea. The former was seeded with mines during the Iran-Iraq war, and the latter needs no introduction. From the Persian leopard to numerous endangered species in the Koreas, wildlife is gaining a backhanded benefit from human inhumanity. The Smithsonian elaborates: