Ele­phants lose tusks

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ELE­PHANTS have evolved to not grow tusks af­ter years of be­ing poached for their ivory.

About nine in ten ele­phants in a Mozam­bique na­tional park were killed in the coun­try’s civil war from 1977 to 1992. But a third of fe­males born since have not de­vel­oped tusks.

Joyce Poole, of group Ele­phantvoices, said: “Over time, you get this re­ally higher pro­por­tion of tusk­less fe­males.”

Tusk­less fe­males are also com­mon in South Africa.

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