To avoid being killed mercilessly killed by hunters for tusks, elephants are now evolving to not grow tusks. Hunters have wiped out nearly 90 per cent of elephants in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.
Tuskless elephants have become a common sight. African elephants in were slaughtered for their ivory to finance weapons in the country’s civil war.
But around a third of females – the generation born after the war ended in 1992 – have not developed tusks, recent figures suggest.