Thousands of years ago, the woolly mammoth and the mastodon roamed the state of Ohio. However, they soon became extinct from unknown causes. But, today, their descendants, the African elephant and the Asian elephant roam the savannas and rainforests of Africa and Southeast Asia. These two species are in danger of becoming extinct as well.
Poachers ruthlessly slaughter them for their ivory tusks, and their habitats are being destroyed to make room for cities and farms. So, we must do everything we can to protect elephants from extinction. We must support our state’s zoos’ efforts to protect elephants, and try to put an end to the illegal ivory trade. While we couldn’t prevent the extinction of the mammoth and mastodon, we can prevent the extinction of elephants. It’s often said that elephants never forget, so, likewise, we must never forget the needs of the world’s largest land mammal.
Thomas Miller Huffman, Lima