In Mozambique, mystery of tuskless elephant points to poaching as the culprit

In Mozambique, mystery of tuskless elephant points to poaching as the culprit

Mozambique’s 15-year civil war changed the face of its national parks, which underwent rampant poaching of big mammals, including elephants. It did much more. It changed the face of female African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana). The unusually large number of tuskless females at the Gorongosa National Park today can be traced back to the ravages […]

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Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds

Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds

Ivory poaching over decades has led to the evolution of tuskless elephants, researchers have found, proving that humans are “literally changing the anatomy” of wild animals. A previously rare genetic mutation causing tusklessness has become very common in some groups of African elephants after a period in which many were killed for their tusks, according […]

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Humans are biggest factor defining elephant ranges across Africa, study finds

Humans are biggest factor defining elephant ranges across Africa, study finds

In an undisturbed ecosystem, elephants move across the landscape in response to the availability of food and water and the type of habitat or competition. But according to a continent-wide study coordinated by Save the Elephants and recently published in Current Biology, elephants’ range is now predominantly defined by human activities and the boundaries of […]

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EU is the Second Largest Hunting Trophy Importer After the US, Per New Report

EU is the Second Largest Hunting Trophy Importer After the US, Per New Report

A new report published by Humane Society International (HSI) outlines how the EU is the second-largest importer of hunting trophies of protected species. 3,000 trophies of animals including zebras, elephants, and lions are imported each year. This grim statistic makes the EU second only to the United States. The bloc imported 15,000 hunting trophies between […]

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New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants

New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants

Tens of thousands of African elephants are under threat from plans for a massive new oilfield in one of the continent’s last great wildernesses, experts have warned. Campaigners and conservationists fear the proposed oilfield stretching across Namibia and Botswana would devastate regional ecosystems and wildlife as well as local communities. The plans are the latest […]

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