Our beautiful planet was once inhabited by many exotic creatures that are extinct thanks to the worldwide phenomenon of poaching growing at an alarming rate.
Are elephant’s among the endangered species?
Among the endangered species of the rhinos, the turtles, the grizzly bears, the crocodiles and one of the world’s unique frogs, elephants are also losing their habitats. Elephants are gigantic animals that need space. By space, I mean really large space; elephants require big savannahs and their diets are huge. They require profuse growth of trees, abundance flora and vegetation.
Population of African and Asian elephants is dwindling. Not long ago, there were more than 5 million wild elephants roaming in the heart of jungle freely. Surprisingly and sadly, very few of the forest reserves and elephants remain today. As a result of illegal ivory trade, only 500,000 Asiatic and African elephants exist. The reason is quite obvious - expanding human development and population is taking its toll on the green cover.
The first time I saw an elephant, it was in the circus, I was excited and loved these gigantic animals with tusks. I have also watched elephants in Indian religious festivals and have felt connected to them. Dashera and Diwali in Hyderabad do not happen without the procession of elephants. The elephants are dressed in colorful shawls and also accompany religious functions in temples. Asian elephants were important to ancient Asian culture for thousands of years – you will find that they are domesticated and used for religious functions, transportation and to move extremely heavy objects in villages and jungles of Asia.
Left to me, I would leave these magnificent creatures to the wilderness of jungles.
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