4woolly mammoth - African elephants are evolving to not grow tusks because of poachers.
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African elephants are evolving to not grow tusks because of poachers.

So when it comes to adaptation, animals do that a lot to survive their environment.

4woolly mammoth 1393220109 - African elephants are evolving to not grow tusks because of poachers.

Take polar bears and winter foxes for an example, they both adapted to blend with their environment in the c ase of their furs. Some animals don’t even have to worry about predation again rather they are adapting to save themselves from human factors.

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As we know elephants are hunted for their ivory with poachers often shooting at elephants from helicopters or small planes, allowing the elephants very little chance of defending themselves or escaping.

The tusks are said to have some sort of supernatural healing powers.👻😷 Despite having imposed a ban in late 2017, China is one of the nations where ivory is still more sought-after and sometimes worth more than gold.😨 Ground and ingested, it’s touted not only as being a cure for numerous diseases, but also as a way of increasing virility, strength, and fertility. Although it has not yet been proven that the powdered tusks works.
However, it seems “Mother Nature” is fighting back with a weapon of her own — evolution. As a recent piece published in National Geographic outlined, natural selection appears to be favoring elephants born without tusks.😜

ivory tusks getty1954339715 - African elephants are evolving to not grow tusks because of poachers.Previously, between 2% and 4% of all the female elephants in Mozambique had no tusks but that figure has now soared to almost a third of the female elephant population.

By the early 2000s it was reported that 98% of the total 200 female elephants in the world had no tusk, and scientists say it is as a result of pressure from hunting.

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