Kick in the face for poachers - elephants are evolving without tusks

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Kick in the face for poachers - elephants are evolving without tusks

Post by Eleanor on Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:36 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/180301.stm

I was reading about this in a journal yesterday and found it fascinating. Great news for the elephant populations! happy While the poachers are, sadly, killing elephants with large tusks, this allows the elephants with smaller (or no) tusks to breed, producing more elephants with smaller (or no) tusks. Go elephants!
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Post by Shisa on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:11 am

I've read something similar that seems more true than the chance genetic mutation.
The genes for the big tusk carriers are being killed of with the elephants themself leaving the elephants with smaller tusks to breed and survive; hence smaller tusks.

Talking about evolving or rather certain features becoming dominant. In America rattlesnakes are losing their rattles. The snakes that have big rattles and make lots of noise are killed so the quieter/smaller rattlers are breeding and surviving.
The article said how dangerous this was because of the frequency of rattlesnake strikes.
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Post by Caryll on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:46 am

Nature has its ways....... happy

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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:05 am

Will the evolve quick enough before they're wiped out completely?

Such lovely creatures, being treated so bad.

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Post by Hayley on Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:39 pm

Huh! There you go. That would be something awesome. I know they use them for foraging /eating etc and they really do need them, but well...thy need to live!

So yeah this is good news happy

I just dont understand ivory, who is it buying it..weirdos
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Post by Eleanor on Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:45 pm

Considering the rate at which this recent development has occurred, it might actually help the species' chances of survival! Coupled with conservation efforts, I don't think the elephants will be wiped out. Hopefully.

It's such a shame that nature has had to do this, though.
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Post by Caryll on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:11 pm

Natural Selection is a wonderful thing.

Survival of the fittest!

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Post by Hayley on Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:30 am

Its not natural unfortunately. As Eleanor says the weaker ones that would not have a shot at breeding normally are getting a chance because the better bulls are just not there anymore..
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Re: Kick in the face for poachers - elephants are evolving without tusks

Post by Eleanor on Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:28 am

It's natural, in as much as nature is taking care of itself. It has happened as a secondary result of human interference, though.

The elephant population shouldn't be too badly affected by the small-tusked elephants breeding. Conservationists have been attempting to remove tusks from elephants anyway, in an effort to discourage poachers and ensure the survival of the species.
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