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African Elephants Are Being Born Without Tusks Due To Poaching, Researchers Say

African Elephants Are Being Born Without Tusks Due To Poaching, Researchers Say. African Elephants Are Being Born Without Tusks Due To Poaching, Researchers Say.

In some areas 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six per cent born tuskless on average in the past.

Almost a third of Africa’s elephants have been illegally slaughtered by poachers in the past ten years to meet demand for ivory in Asia, where there is still a booming trade in the material, particularly in China.

 

 

About 144,000 elephants were killed between 2007 and 2014, leaving the species at risk of extinction in some areas. Meanwhile those African elephant populations that do survive could become virtually tuskless, like their Asian cousins, researchers have warned.

 

Joyce Poole is head of the charity Elephant Voices and has been tracking developments in the species for more than 30 years. She told The Times she had seen a direct correlation between the intensity of poaching and the percentage of females born without tusks in some of the herds she monitored.

 

In Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, 90 per cent of elephants were slaughtered between 1977 and 1992, during the country's civil war. Dr Poole said that because poachers disproportianetly targetted tusked animals, almost half the females over 35 years of age have no tusks, and although poaching is now under control and the population is recovering well, they are passing the tuskless gene down to their daughters: 30 per cent of female elephants born since the end of the war also do not have tusks.

 

 

Source: www.independent.co.uk/news/elephants-africa-tusks-ivory-poaching-born-without-a7440706.html

 

 

 

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That's an interesting observation. Wonder if it's not some research experiment based
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Kinda weird. Elephants without tusks
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Africans should protect their wildlife better
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