Approximately 7-10 million elephants existed in the 1930’s. Today, that number stands around 300,000 and is declining at a rapid pace. Demand for ivory is one of their biggest killers.
Imagine, just for a moment, a world without elephants. You may think elephants are another big mammal, but elephants have an imperative role in the ecosystem and their communities. For examples, elephants:
>> Create salt licks which are essential to other animals. Elephants trunks are good at locating water rich in minerals. They go into the ground with their tusk, and put pieces of the soil in their mouths. If the holes they create are deep enough, salt licks open up and become available to other animals.
>> Dig waterholes. Elephants can make a dry riverbed into a water source. This water source can be used by other animals or humans.
>> Feed birds and animals with their dropping. Their droppings are also essential to the environment. Birds and other animals pick it up as food. Since elephants eat a lot of seeds, the droppings consist of undigested food, which other animals can benefit from. The droppings are also good for the soil. This makes the soil nutrient rich which helps humans plant.
Elephants help us and other animals in many ways. If the illicit ivory trade continues, not only will our elephant populations decline, other species receive a similar fate as their habitats and ecosystems become disrupted.
So what can we do?
H.O.P.E. believes in the power of education. Our goal is to give a voice to this global problem and turn the tables on poachers by ensuring proper security measures are in place to protect these harmless elephants.
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