Human's wilderness is animal's home
In case of emergency!
Pay Attention to the kittenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Evergreen vegetation and the African Elephants
Fall/Autumn season in Northern HemisphereClick thumbnail to view full-size
Brown Snake EagleClick thumbnail to view full-size
Buffaloes chasing LionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Some benefits of plants and animals to humans
The wilderness is an assortment of animals. It is a habitat in its natural state and uninhabited by humans. The wilderness is aesthetic and is one place to look at the marvels of Earth. In Autumn from Russia, through Norway to new England the foliage is spectacular. This has helped generate money in areas where one finds conservatories or Parks. We make money off the wilderness. This can be possible if we also agree to conserve the beauty and life of nature. However, most of the times the very nature of the word wild tends to be a stimulus in many humans to be destructive of nature or the wilderness. There is a tendency towards reckless abandon in utilization. Trees have acted as ornaments and a good sight to behold. This is from the ever green Tropical forests to the ornamental foliage of Autumn in Northern Hemisphere countries.
The wilderness is home to animals. This is where they find food, rain, trees, temperature, snow, sand, air, water, light, nutrients to live and grow. From the Tundra through the wetlands, desert to the Tropical forests, all this is habitat for animals.
The animal is a living organism with independence. It has the ability to move and has responsive organs. Animals range from many celled to single celled organisms. They differ from plants in that they have: cells without cellulose; they lack chlorophyll and capacity for photosynthesis; have greater degree and complexity of cell organization; they spontaneously move and rapidly respond to stimulation.
Animals like humans need habitats where they live and grow. Short of this is tantamount to denial of basic needs, neglect and cruelty. This is animal abuse. Not all animal abuse is caused by humans. Nature itself is cause of abuses. Spontaneous fires, floods from overflowing rivers, landslides, storms, predation and stampedes are natural phenomena in which animals die in a brutal manner.
Humans contribute to animal abuses too. This can be garnered from reports by American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). There is cruelty and abuses across domestic animal types. It is higher in the canine family. They report that in all their cases, 64.5% are dog reports; 18% cat reports; and 25% in other animals. By other animals is meant: horses, reptiles, livestock and birds (http://www.aspca.org). The other context within which animals are abused is under domestic violence. Parents, spouses or children do it to get back at supposed pet owners in a family or neighborhood (http://www.humanesociety.org).
There are ways to curb cruelty though. This is through enacting legislation with felony provisions, promoting education and awareness and conscientious conservation of nature.
Animals have an ecologically beneficial part they play too. They are part of the food web and cycle. In that balancing act they eat and are eaten. They help in enabling an optimum population that in turn does not deplete resources. Birds eat insect pests which would have been a nuisance to farmers. Birds eat venomous snakes whose bite is fatal to humans and animals alike.
Why should we be concerned about the wilderness? Many may ask. I would answer we should be. The main reason is that in being concerned we take good measures to care for the habitat where animals copulate, feed, live and grow. We would not have knowledge about animals if we had killed all of them. Perhaps we would be endangered too. Animals contribute to crucial protein meals for humans. They are important in ensuring food security (http://www.fao.org/docrep/w7540e/w7540e08.htm ).
Tourism is an industry that generates billions of dollars in income to many countries. The specific contribution of animals alone cannot be monetized but cannot be ignored. The money goes towards more conservation efforts and GDP of the concerned nations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife_tourism,http://opentravel.com/blogs/top-ten-worlds-tourism-earners/).
We are able to learn about copulation or play or feeding among animals. In the pictures that follow we see: African Elephant Ready to Mate. The male's penis is very mobile, being able to move independently of the pelvis and the penis curves forward and upward prior to mounting. Copulation takes place within 45 seconds, and does not involve pelvic thrusting or ejaculatory pause. There is a picture about buffaloes chasing a lion. This is real and it part of the animal life in the wilderness.
Conclusion: Plants and animals provide food and play an important part in the full web cycle. They are aesthetic and through tourism their presence helps make the tourism industry an income generating activity.