All animals have important roles in the ecosystem. There seems to be an ecological balance between all animals in nature. Some animals help to bring out the nutrients from the cycle while others help in decomposition, carbon, and nitrogen cycle. All animals, insects, and even micro organisms play a role in the ecosystem. All animals and plants in the ecosystem co-exist and balance each other out, which Mother Nature has perfected over time and through trials and errors, and found a system that works flawlessly for her. The system that exists in Mother Nature is designed for all the different species of the world, where each has a role to play without disturbing each other and without taking the ecological balance off.

To make the ecosystem work, we sometime need an army of environmentalists, and scientists, where complicated machinery and processes are needed, and sometimes, other animals or even insects help us to make sure that our nature and environment runs smoothly. Below you will find some of the animals and insects listed, that help us to reduce negative impacts on the globe and help us address issues such as global warming, pollution, environmental disturbances etc.

1. Bees

Bees are responsible for pollinating all the plants around us, in fact, they pollinate almost one third of everything you eat. Apart from providing us with a fine food product, and providing work for thousands of bee keepers around the world, they also help in pollination of most common plants around us. Most plants need service of nature’s pollinators and cannot fertilize themselves without the services from these insects.

2. Dogs

helping dogDogs are not only man’s best friends, but they also provide several services to man. Dogs are not just good companions, but they can also handle animals, and work as a conservationist. Dogs have extraordinary talent to further conservation. Dogs can be trained to perform various tasks, and there are dogs that live to work. Dogs’ extra sense of smell can pick out plants and animals for further research and conservation. Dogs have been used for sniffing out drugs and bombs in special K-9 units of police and other services for a long time. They can also locate rare endangered plants and animals in the nature.

3. Rats

220px-Street-ratRats, just like dogs, can be trained to sniff out dangerous explosives from the ground. Undetonated land mines can be serious pollutant and threat to others, making large areas inhabitable and useless. Rats are being trained to sniff out these land mines from the war zones with their acute sense of smell. This job might be too dangerous for humans and few humans are willing to risk their lives trying to pickup land mines from the ground. Rats can also detect people buried under ground so that others can rescue them from natural disasters or destroyed establishments.

4. Sea Lions

Sea lions are intelligent sea mammals that can be trained to monitor several conditions under the sea. They can go to places where few people have gone before, with specially outfitted equipments for monitoring ocean salinity, temperature, water pressure and so on. These sensors are attached to their furs and later taken off or goes off when they molt.


Animals help us to save our environment

Since the beginning of medical science, scientists have learned a lot about our own bodies and how our bodies faction by studying other animals in the nature. By studying other animals, we can learn a lot about ourselves and how our inner organs and cells work. To find out where life came from and how life evolved on earth, all animals on earth supplied us with bits and pieces of information. We also found fossils and structures of animals that existed thousands and even millions of years ago, and we studied how animals have adapted to changes on earth and changed themselves according to the nature. By studying other animals, we have also learned how we as human beings have evolved in the shape that we are in today. Some micro organisms such as bacteria help us clean the environment; others help plants by converting free nitrogen from air and feeding the roots. Some insects and earthworms help in agriculture by increasing fertility of the soil and also by increasing organic quality of soil.

Nature and ecosystem in nature are in perfect harmony where every living and non living thing has a role to play in making the ecosystem and environment work perfectly so that all animals, plants, microorganisms, and non living things can coexist creating a perfect balance among them. We, the humans have caused several imbalances in the nature for several thousands of years and now, it is the time we turned around and fixed some of the negative impacts on the globe.

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Source: Environmental Professionals Network


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