Because of the critical role elephants play as ecosystem engineers, protecting them and the landscapes in which they roam indirectly protects the other wildlife and plants sharing their habitats and, ultimately, helps to mitigate climate change.
The power of connectivity
Protecting wildlife and healthy ecosystems is critical for the planet’s health. Robust and resilient biodiversity holds immense potential to provide essential life support services for people and animals and slow the effects of climate change.
To thrive, wild animals need safe routes to move freely through countries, over borders, and at a distance from humans. They need access to healthy habitats for food, water, and natural space to stabilise and succeed. Connecting habitats is critical. When habitats are connected and wild animals can roam freely across their landscapes, populations become resilient to changes in their environments and extreme climatic variations, which ultimately buffers species against the threat of extinction. Likewise, communities become more resilient.