Your consciousness will survive your body’s death but will also take on another kind of form a form that is itself composed of units of consciousness.
People think in terms of hierarchies of consciousness with humanity at the top of the list in global terms.
The Bible for example say that man is put in dominion over the animals. The divine gestalt (God) is expressed in such a way that its quality is undiluted. It cannot be that one portion of existence is somehow up or down the scale from another. It is all grade A.
People limit the capacity of conscious mind by refusing to allow it to use a larger scope of attention so that they have remanded closed and ignorant about the different varied but rich experiences of other species. Other species appear beneath humans. Peoples have allowed a certain stubborn literal mindedness to provide with definitions that served to categorize rather than illuminate other realities beside their own.
In the beginning there was a subjective world that became objective. Matter was not yet permanent, for consciousness was not stable. In the beginning there was a dream world with rich consciousness formed a dream of physical reality and gradually became awake within that world.
Mountains rose and tumbled Oceans filled. Tidal waves thundered. Islands appeared. The seasons themselves were not stable. The magnetic fields fluctuated but all the species were there at the beginning, thought in the same fashion. There was a much greater plasticity motion variety as consciousness experimented with its won forms.
The species and the environment together formed themselves in concert so that each fulfilled the requirement of all other portion of physical reality.
God learns as you learn, and make adjustments according with your knowledge.
The beginning of the world is just a step outside the moment.