Public School 316 4th graders have been working with ONE PLANET to make others aware of the threat to the African Elephant, Rhino, and Lion.
We are very passionate about saving these species for future students to be able to see and experience. Our partner schools in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with the ONEPLANET curriculum has really helped us to empathize with these animals.
Every year, many of these beautiful African elephants and rhinos are being killed for their horns and tusks. A booming Asian middle class with a desire for ivory, crippling poverty in Africa, and a weak and corrupt law enforcement, has made it easier for poaching.
Why do we care?
Like lions, ,elephants, and rhinos are “keystone species.” Consequentially, their disappearance would likewise be catastrophic for their local ecosystems.
- The presence of African elephants and The African Rhino helps to maintain suitable habitats for many other species. In central African forests, up to 30 percent of tree species may require elephants and rhions to help with dispersal and germination. They are nature’s gardeners.
- The U.S. has played an enormous role in the disappearance of the African lion: As African lion populations and range have declined, the number of sport-hunted lion trophies imported to the U.S. has increased dramatically. The King of the Jungle needs our help.
- We have to do all we can to save the African Elephant, African Rhino, African Lion and all other endangered species.
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