Hello Everyone ! Welcome to JPconnects project in saving Elephants across the world . There are many reasons why elephants are important to save. Elephants are among the most intelligent of the creatures with whom we share the planet, with complex consciousnesses that are capable of strong emotions. Across Africa they have inspired respect from the people that share the landscape with them, giving them a strong cultural significance. As icons of the continent elephants are tourism magnets, attracting funding that helps protect wilderness areas. They are also keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.

During the dry season, elephants use their tusks to dig for water. This not only allows the elephants to survive in dry environments and when droughts strike, but also provides water for other animals that share harsh habitats.

When forest elephants eat, they create gaps in the vegetation. These gaps allow new plants to grow and create pathways for other smaller animals to use. They are also one of the major ways in which trees disperse their seeds; some species rely entirely upon elephants for seed dispersal.

On the Savannah, elephants feeding on tree sprouts and shrubs help to keep the plains open and able to support the plains game that inhabit these ecosystems.

Wherever they live, elephants leave dung that is full of seeds from the many plants they eat. When this dung is deposited the seeds are sown and grow into new grasses, bushes and trees, boosting the health of the Savannah ecosystem.

Furthermore the existence of elephants helps to lessen the negative impacts of the global climate. Besides big birds, it is only the big mammals who take over the overall dispersal of big seeds. If there are no such animals in the ecosystem the natural balance will be destabilised. This results in the loss of trees with heavy wood and so in a loss of the ability of a forest to store carbon. This loss would be as high as 5 to 20 %, depending on the tree species of the region. Elephants are the most important distributors of big seeds which fall down from trees in the central African woods. These ample woods are the second most important forests of the globe for the carbon dioxide capture.

Finally, we know that to create a world for elephants, we must be accountable, because without support from people like you, none of this important work would be possible. The Sanctuary’s accreditation by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, certification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and recognition by reputable charity monitoring groups, demonstrates a commitment to exemplary animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. The Sanctuary constantly strives to be a model and raise the standard of care for elephants in captivity as we share best practices and continue to learn from our partners across the USA and around the world. 

Providing for the 11 elephants in our care takes a tremendous amount of resources. We depend on supporters like you to help us carry out our work and mission on behalf of JPconnects. Thank you for caring for The Elephant Sanctuary. 

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