Tuskless elephant

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Stefano Pesarelli

Elephants are losing their tusks as a rapid and effective evolutionary response to escape slaughter by ruthless and resourceful poachers who kill elephants for their ivory trophies. In the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, more than 38% of the elephants born without tusks. This photo is part of a broader photographic project on the Luangwa Valley elephants.

Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


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