by Linda Stanek - From stopping wildfires to planting seeds, one animal is the true superhero that keeps the African savanna in balance. Elephants dig to find salt for animals to lick, their deep footprints collect water for everyone to drink, and they eat young trees to keep the forest from overtaking the grasslands. In every season, the elephants are there to protect the savanna and its residents – but what would happen if the elephants were only “once upon a time”?
Read along to discover the important role this keystone species plays in the savanna and explore what would happen if the elephants vanished.
Written by Linda Stanek
Illustrated by Shennen Bersani