Are elephants endangered? How vulnerable are they to extinction?
Elephants are endangered species and at least not very vulnerable to extinction. This is due to their growing populations as a result of conservation efforts.
Someone may ask, how can a species that has a population of hundreds of thousands be endangered? The answer will be, the rate at which they were declining, qualified them to this status.
What about all these organizations dedicated to protecting this species?
Just google for these organizations and you will be shocked how many there are. We have a very big number of organizations ”dedicated ” to protect elephants.
My hope and belief are that they are doing exactly that. Doing the best they can to save this species and not profit from them. And forget the initial agenda.
Did you know that elephants are considered a keystone species in the African landscape?
You can read more about keystone species here.
Many many many years ago, elephants used to roam freely on our planet especially in Africa and Asia. There were huge numbers. Having no predators due to their size, they lived for many years. They still do live many years but currently facing a number of threats and problems.
Adult elephants have no predators except humans. While the young elephants may be predated upon by animals such as lions, hyenas, etc.
Elephants puts Africa in the world map and they have done a lot to our economy.
Before the ivory trade was banned, elephant tusks were gold mines. Unfortunately, poaching is still active despite all the opposition towards it.
Some of the threats facing elephants
- Poaching activities: Elephants are being targeted for their tusks. And lately, I saw they are now using elephant’s foot as a stool/mini seat.
- Loss of habitat as well as habitat fragmentation. Space has been a problem for the growing human population. We have encroached huge parts of land meant for this wildlife. Wildlife corridors are almost gone.
- Scarcity of food and water. As a result of limited land, these animals are forced to live in very small spaces and food becomes a limited resource. Water sources are also scarce.
- Climate change. This monster has affected almost every living species on this planet. It has resulted in a drought that has also contributed to the scarcity of both water and food.
Some countries still think that the ivory trade should not be banned
They argue that if elephants can be ranched and their tusks sold afterward. The money obtained from this trade can then be used to support conservation activities.
I don’t agree with them.
Let them look for other means of getting the money needed without having to use wildlife body parts.
Despite being endangered, elephants’ growling numbers are promising. There have been increasing lately. May we continue fighting for the species as well as the others. We need wildlife years to come too.