Answer by A Quora admin:
Would you suffocate and starve your own children or let them be murdered?
That is exactly what you and I are doing by letting elephants and other “keystone” sprecies race towards extinction.
Do you believe I am exaggerating or over dramatizing the issue? I am not and I will explain…
African, Asian and Forest Elephants are all amongst the most important “keystone species”. Their size and power combined with their eating habits mean that they literally shape their environment, “gardening” the forests and other habitats they live in, keeping the entire ecosystems healthy.
Forest elephants at Dzanga Baie in Central African Republic. (Photo: Rory Young)
These ecosystems, from the Congo Basin rain forests and the tropical and sub-tropical woodlands of Africa to the forests of South-East Asia are dependent on elephants “gardening” them.
Rain forests alone directly supply 28% of the world’s oxygen and are…
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