Elephants are the Breath of Life!

What if you knew that elephants are the breath of life and natural air purifiers? What would you be willing to do to save them?

The basic nature of elephants is to move across vast areas for nearly eighteen hours a day, consuming up to 375 poundsof vegetation, including roots, berries, leaves, barks and seeds. Depending on the amount and type of fodder ingested, an elephant can defecate up to 300 pounds of dung per day, while dispersing seeds on the forest beds. Seeds sprout into trees. Trees give us oxygen to breathe and absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide that humans release into the atmosphere.

When you really think about it, elephants are actually a life giving source. They indirectly are the breath of life, and natural air purifiers, as they promote tree growth.

Elephants are a keystone species. The survival of many species in the forest ecosystems depends on the survival of elephants. As the largest living land mammal, they can trample over dense shrubs and bushes, creating pathways to waterholes and fodder that otherwise would be inaccessible to other species. Just pause and think for a moment how vitally important these interconnections are for the tapestry of life to thrive.

These intrinsic values of elephants have been grossly undermined by the Homo sapiens. Instant gratification and arrogance are preventing humans from understanding these ecological realities. Their insatiable drive for material wealth, status, and the cheap thrills derived from trophy hunting, is decimating African elephants that are being ruthlessly butchered in the guise of conservation and cultural artifacts.

Many elephants are also being abducted from their home, ripped apart from their families, and exploited for profit in circuses, zoos, and even cancer research. Asian elephants, especially bulls, are being slaughtered for ivory and captured illegally for cultural festivals across Asia.

A wave of genocide is unfolding in Asia and Africa. According to the animal and wildlife conservation charity, Defenders of Wildlife, "At the turn of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000African elephants and between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants."

A national census conducted in India also shows a steep decline of Asian elephants. There are now only 27,300 of them, compared to 30,000 in 2012. But still, India houses approximately 60% of the global Asian elephant population. India also has around 4,000 captive elephants, most elephants in Kerala being bulls. Therefore, it is imperative to rehabilitate captive elephants and relocate the recovered bulls in the wild.