WATCH: elephants are architects of the savannah, gardeners of the forest

Elephants are a keystone species that play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity in the areas where they range.

Without elephants, the savannah would be endless, unattractive bush and it wouldn’t be much good for cattle if you were trying to keep a cattle ranch open. In the forest, dozens of important hardwoods can propagate only if its seed has passed through the gut of an elephant. The seeds are disperse miles away from where they were consumed.

The world would be a much poorer place if we did not have elephants, researcher Vicki Fishlock also wants you to know in this video. Take a look.

To help preserve elephants, go on an eco-friendly safari. If you can’t do that, donate. And if you can’t do that, talk to your family, friends and neighbors about the need to protect elephants against habitat destruction and poaching for their ivory.

--CM

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Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia