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According to a study published in Ecological Indicators, when the level of poaching increases, «the pachyderms moved more during the night than during the day.»


“Our hypothesis is that poaching represents a clear risk day,” explained the expert. (Getty)


In Africa, orus to 30,000 elephants are killed each year because of the illegal trafficking of ivory. Such a killing, according to a study published in Ecological Indicators, has meant that these animals learn to move and feed at night so as to prevent the poachers in the areas that tend to operate usually.

This type of behavior was detected last year by the organization for the protection of animals Save The Elephants and university Dutch of Twente -owners of the study-, as made known through a press release published this Wednesday.

The discovery was an elephant baptized Morgan, who was equipped with a GPS collar. This lone male had left the coastal region of southeastern Kenya towards Somalia. To pass through that area very dangerous for the elephants, and chose to move at night and blend in among the bushes of the day.

When the level of poaching increased, «the pachyderms moved more during the night than during the day,» reads the study.

This change of habits demonstrate the adaptability of the elephants, the mammals of larger size on earth, but that «may have consequences on their ability to feed, reproduce and survive,» explained Ian Douglas-Hamilton, one of the authors of the research.

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