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🐘 Elephants are losing their iconic tusks 😟
« Reply #90 on: July 25, 2019, 05:42:12 pm »

Jul 23, 2019, 7:33 PM

🐘 Elephants are losing their iconic tusks 😟

Legendary “big tuskers” used to roam much of the African continent, but today, it is estimated there could be fewer than 40 of these iconic giants alive. These large elephant bulls, whose tusks can weigh more than 100 pounds each, are more likely to attract poachers’ attention and fall victim to the ivory trade.

The unsustainable demand for elephant ivory and subsequent heavy poaching of Africa’s remaining elephants is not only decimating big tuskers but resulting in another alarming trend: tuskless elephants. Tusklessness is a rare trend, typically affecting just 2 to 6 percent of the population, but at sites that have suffered mass elephant slaughters, like Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, tusklessness appears to be on the rise.

Tuskless females that were not targeted by poachers survived to breed and pass along their genetic makeup, resulting in an overall increased rate of tuskless elephants to over 30 percent. “The trend toward increased tusklessness is seen pretty much anywhere there has been heavy poaching of elephants,” says AWF VP for Species Conservation Philip Muruthi. People sometimes reference this phenomenon as a kind of accelerated natural selection, but it is actually more like artificial selection as it is caused by humans.

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