AFRICA

Are ele­phants evolv­ing?

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An in­creas­ing num­ber of African ele­phants are be­ing born tusk­less be­cause poach­ers have con­sis­tently tar­geted and killed the ele­phants with the best tusks over the years. This has meant that only the ele­phants with­out tusks have sur­vived to have chil­dren. In the Addo Ele­phant Na­tional Park in South Africa, 98% of fe­male ele­phants have no ivory – and the few that do had much smaller tusks than the ele­phants who were born in the same park just 100 years ago.

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