Mega-herbivores on the move * Seed dispersers * Ecosystem engineers * An umbrella and flagship species
A species on the edge
Displaced by development
Consumed by neo-liberalism
"It is not immediate extinction as much as attrition of living spaces and the tense conditions of the human-elephant encounter on the ground that require redress."
(Elephant Task Force, 2010)
Sociable, long lived animals
Tamed since the Indus valley civilisation
Stopped Alexander's unstoppable army
Created roads, railways - helped humanity 'develop'
Money spinners being loved and worshipped to death
Invaluable research assistants
Anti poaching patrolers