Mozambique elephants born without tusks, in ‘evolutionary response’ to violent poachers
This means that while the tuskless trait could be useful for elephants when facing poachers, it could also account for lower than normal breeding rates.
There are now about 700 elephants left in the national park.
The future of the northern white rhino now lies with a single female after her mother was retired from a world-first race-against time breeding programme.
Northern white rhinos, which are actually grey in colour, used to roam across parts of Uganda, South Sudan, DR Congo and as far west as Lake Chad.
But their population was devastated by poachers during the late 20th century.
“Recent ultrasound examinations had revealed multiple small, benign tumours in Najin’s cervix and uterus as well as a large cystic structure in her left ovary,” said the conservancy, adding that they hoped that Najin would continue to transfer social and behaviour knowledge to Fatu, the last hope for the species.
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