• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Mozambique | Poaching led to evolution of more tuskless elephants in Gorongosa NP, study says

Armed human conflict can trigger a decline in wild population and biodiversity loss, and a study focused on the Mozambican Civil War (1977 to 1992) illustrated the impact on the local elephant genes.

The war led to the decline of large-herbivore populations by over 90 per cent in Gorongosa National Park, the study said. Elephants were targeted for their ivory tusks that were used to make weapons and finance the war through its trade, the paper published in Science noted.

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