Elephants are a keystone species meaning other animals and plants are dependent on them for survival. But so are many communities, whose livelihoods are dependent on wildlife tourism. Protecting elephants therefore means protecting the livelihoods of millions.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC : MARCH TO SAVE THE ELEPHANTS!
A deeply stirring article by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson in National Geographic.
“Lose the elephant and you lose a firmament in the imagination of childhood. Lose the elephant and an entire foundation in the moral standing of civilization crumbles. All our human constructs and artifacts would pale before the loss of these titans. With the last elephants still marching on African soil, we may still have reason to walk toward the absolute horizon. The march this October is not only to salvage the elephant, but to salvage what is left of humanity’s humanity. It is a march for sanity. Without the elephants, we become ontological cripples for the rest of our earthly stay. The elephant’s future is our fate and responsibility. Without elephants we won’t have a leg to stand on. Civilization will stand or fall on the back of the African elephant.”
Read the full article: MARCH TO SAVE THE ELEPHANTS
Photo credit: Thank you to photographer Piper Mackay for this stunning image