Day's Edge Productions
Normally, more than 90% of female African elephants have tusks. But in places that have a history of poaching and trophy hunting, like in Gorongosa National Park, tuskless females are surprisingly common. To better understand how the tuskless trait is evolving under selection from poaching, we wanted to find out which genes are responsible for tusk development. But elephants have thousands of genes? So how can we find the right ones?