Is the next generation the Key to curbing poaching and saving these iconic species? For the past year poaching has drastically increased. There are about 35000 to 50000 elephants killed each year and this is all to satisfy the world selfish needs.
Why would you want to save these iconic species?
Many don’t understand the important role that elephants play in the ecosystem. These species are considered keystone species in the African continent which means they play an important part in balancing of all the other species.
What do elephants actually do in the ecosystem?
Create trails which serves as water runoffs
Refills useless soils so that humans can have a nutrient rich soil to plant crops in.
Elephants pull down trees as well as break the thorny bushes up, and thus helps to create grasslands for the survival of other animals
- Elephants make salt licks that are rich in nutrients for other animals.
- These animals dig waterholes in dry riverbeds so that other animals can use this as a water supply
- This animals poo/dung is important to the environment. Baboons and birds pick through dung for undigested seeds and nuts, and dung beetles reproduce in these deposits.
- Their footprints create holes that water can collect in.
- Other animals, include humans, depend on the openings elephants create in the forest and brush and on the waterholes they dig.
- Elephant droppings are also a vehicle for seed spreading. Some seeds will not sprout unless they have passed through an elephant’s digestive system…
These iconic giant creatures are the world’s largest mammals and we only know a fraction about them.
We know that education is the key to every developing countries and communities.
When people become educated they are more apt to understand the connectedness of all life… They begin to understand how everything they do has a ripple effect.Nikela