Trickle-down Effect

 

Indian Flying Fox

Axis Deer

Pheasant Tailed Jacana

Painted Stork

Eurasian Thick Knee

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Green Bee-Eater

Asian Openbill Stork

Hanuman Langur


photos M. Noonan

When people set aside land to preserve much-loved species like elephants, they also preserve the habitat for the very many other forms of life that occupy these zones.  In just one park in Sri Lanka (Kaudulla), there are 85 species of mammals and 375 species of birds.  Moreover, even those numbers look small when compared to the thousands of unique species of mushrooms, ferns, fruiting trees, and the teeming forms of microscopic life that live in this unique ecosystem. 

In a way, the elephant is a flagship species that is leading the way in a win-win system of wildlife conservation.  People in Asia, and all around the world, fall in love with elephants and work to preserve habitat for them.  And fortunately, by doing this, their efforts help to preserve the rest of all this wonderful life at the same time. 

In this way, the elephant can be said to be leaving a truly wonderful footprint!


photo M. Noonan

 

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