Sure, it’s good for animals to have more space and more food, but what’s really important to ensuring the survival of creatures like elephants? Making sure there is economic opportunity for the people who live near them.
You might think that farmland means the death of biodiversity, but animals are quite adaptable, and they now need farms to survive. But farms are going extinct themselves, and endangered animals can't survive industrial agriculture.
There is a growing field working to quantify—in dollar amounts—the economic benefits that the natural world gives to humanity. When cities see what they would have to add to their budgets if they don't spend a little to protect their green spaces, they quickly pony up.
The economic value of ecosystems has been calculated as greater than the global gross national product. In the Chesapeake Bay, one bank is creating value and saving wetlands, by making that value a reality.
Florida panthers (not the football team) are back, which brings inevitable interaction with humans. But unlike in Yellowstone, where new wolves caused an outcry, Florida's smooth reintroduction might become a model for other predator populations.