At this rate, they will be extinct in about 10 years. Two species of toads, a Chinese dolphin, a Spanish ibex, and five bird species went extinct in the last ten years. We probably didn’t notice their loss. But when a major species goes extinct, there is a far-reaching chain-like effect on biodiversity.
If elephants cease to exist in Africa, our global ecosystem suffers. Because elephants forage for up to 30 miles a day, knocking down trees and trampling thorny thickets, they create open spaces that become grassy meadows. Elephants also scatter tree seeds in their dung as they meander, and they create lagoons or small ponds where they dig for water in the dry season benefitting numerous species.
Herbivores thrive on the grassy plains or savannahs and predators depend on herbivores. It’s a cycle that will fall apart if there are no more elephants. The change in ecology will create more global warming because impenetrable thickets will fill spaces where trees now grow. People who work in Zambia’s vast tourism industry will have no jobs when there are no animals left for tourists to see in their wild state. They can become desperate for jobs to feed their families, turning to any resource that offers them income like worsening Zambia’s deforestation by making and selling charcoal and poaching.
This blog will introduce you to a part of Zambia where elephants are snared, poisoned, and shot for their ivory. Many people in the United States, Zambia, and other countries are working hard to preserve them. You’ll learn more about elephants, their ecosystem, behavior, and their families. You’ll also learn what works in the war against poaching and how you can help.