Elephants are a jumbo joy to all those who have had an opportunity to interact with these magnificent pachyderms. It is the need of the hour for all of us to do our bit in helping nurture elephants and save them for a better, brighter future.

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Nurture an Elephant, Save a Forest
By Century Real Estate August 12, 2017

Elephants are a jumbo joy to all those who have had an opportunity to interact with these magnificent pachyderms. It is the need of the hour for all of us to do our bit in helping nurture elephants and save them for a better, brighter future.

Karnataka prides in being known as the ‘Elephant State’ with the highest population of elephants, with the previous count of over 6000+ elephants found across Karnataka, and still counting positively, hoping to retain this title.

The largest land animal that has survived meteoroids, asteroids, comets, volcanic eruptions, chaotic food chain, famines, droughts, floods, earthquakes, climate change and all the catastrophe earth has gone through, elephants now stand at the brink of being endangered… literally speaking. Sadly, the Elephant God of India needs our help.

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Herbivorous in nature, these gentle giants living eat between 200-600 pounds of greens per day spending 14 to 19 hours feeding, and drinking up to 50 gallons of water a day.

Why Elephants are important to our Ecosystem:

Elephants play a key role in maintaining the biodiversityof our ecosystem.

Elephants use their tusks to dig for water during the dry season, thus allowing them to survive in dry environments when droughts strike; this also provides water for other animals.

When elephants eat, they create gaps in the vegetation that allow newer plants to flourish creating pathways for other smaller animals to survive. They are also one of the major ways in which trees disperse seeds, as some species of trees rely entirely upon elephants for seed dispersal. Surprisingly, elephants do not digest much of their food. Other animals, such as baboons pick through elephant dung looking for undigested seeds and consume them, thus taking care of the food chain is a positive way!

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Also, elephants leave behind dung rich in seeds that enable many plants to grow, when this dung is deposited, nurturing rich fauna of new grasses, bushes, and trees boosting the health of the forest and the ecosystem.

Elephants clear trampling, encouraging alternative plant growth, providing a different habitat within the trees. These clearings also allow additional light to reach the forest floor giving lower lying plants less competition and a greater possibility to grow, this in turn promotes & nurtures biodiversity helping newer niches of organisms to inhabit.

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What can you do to help nurture elephants in Karnataka?

  • Don’t buy Ivory: Did you know that most of the illegal ivory that is sold around the world comes from elephants that have been recently killed? Stop buying, to stop poaching and killing.
  • Adopt an elephant: You can adopt an elephant under the “Adopt an Animal Scheme” in Mysore Zoo.
  • Alternative buying: Coffee and timber crops are often grown in plantations that destroy elephant habitats. So buy elephant-friendly coffee and wood. Read More. Click Here

From being great seed dispersers, awesome food & water providers to superb habitat modifiers, elephants are doing their bit to maintain the balance in our ecosystem and in saving our environment. Let us do our bit. Nurture an Elephant. Save a Forest.

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