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By Nandhini Rammohan

Does the subject heading sound amusing?

All things considered, in the ongoing time, we have come through numerous instances of how elephants are being murdered. So after reading this which episode hits your brain at first?

Indeed, the pregnant elephant which lost its life subsequent to

the pineapple that was loaded up with crackers.

Another pre-essential explanation of why elephants are being poached is for their ivory. In spite of a prohibition on the global exchange ivory, African elephants are murdered each year for their ivory tusks.

In this article, I simply want to pen down how elephants impact the condition of the wood, with the goal that these creatures don’t extinct in the forthcoming years.

How Elephants Influence Environment?

We all know that elephants are the largest land mammals which are found in larger numbers in the African regions. They are also known as keystone species as they play an important role in balancing the natural ecosystems. They generally do not have predators but their younger ones are vulnerable to the carnivores animals attack. So, let’s the major role they play in the environment.

Wealth Out of Waste

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Yes, these guys eat large amount of plant materials every day.

So after munching these seeds, the elephant transports this material to guts and drops them as dung containing seeds.

Elephant dung acts as a perfect fertilizer for the seeds to germinate. Thus elephant waste turns out to be a great wealth for new plants to germinate, creating a new habitat for a wide range of animals where some species rely entirely upon elephants for seed dispersal.

Water Holes during Drought Season

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Many regions around the globe are facing water scarcity. These elephants use their trunks and feet to dig waterholes which allows them to survive during the drought season. These water holes not only serve the elephants but are also used by other species especially when they face harsh habitats.

Elephants Give Lots of Food

Elephants dung acts as a food resource for many species such as Dung Beetles, birds and insects. It has been found that the dung beetles feed on this dung and they bury them on the ground where their larvae can feed and grow. By doing this, the tightly packed soil gets loosened and this nutritious fertilizer is used by many plants. The larvae that fed the dung acts as a source of food for field mice.

Environment Modification

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Elephants trample forests and dense grassland making room for smaller species to co-exist. This clearance allows more light to reach the ground that promotes the growth of new plants.

This habit of uprooting trees transform savanna into grasslands.

Provide Shelter

Elephants provide shelter for amphibians and insects. Their tracks filled with water creates an environment for the frog to lay eggs and tadpoles to grow.

Conclusion

The keystone species supports the survival of other creatures and contributes to the species’ biodiversity within ecosystems. Their presence benefits many flora and fauna. Their role can never be replaced by any species.

So, the humans must take necessary steps for protecting the animal.

Hope you enjoyed reading the article.

Let us know if you can think of any other way of how elephants influence environment.

6 Comments

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    Wow. Never thought about all these benefits of elephants. The one about water holes is very surprising. Do you know about NGOs that are trying to save or support elephants?

  2. Nandhini

    Thanks.Yeah many NGO such as Wildlife SOS,Wildlife conservation trust are doing a great work in protecting Indian wildlife, conducting research .They have done
    Some landmark work in the field of conservation

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