Botswana investigating mystery deaths of 275 elephants
Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday. REUTERS/Handout
The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found...more
In a report prepared for the government and seen by Reuters, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), a conservation organization, said that its aerial surveys showed that elephants of all ages appeared to be dying. The group counted 169 dead elephants on...more
"Several live elephants that we observed appeared to be weak, lethargic and emaciated. Some elephants appeared disorientated, had difficulty walking, showed signs of partial paralysis or a limp," the report said. REUTERS/Handout
"One elephant was observed walking in circles, unable to change direction although being encouraged by other herd members." The report said urgent action was needed to establish if the deaths were caused by disease or poisoning. REUTERS/Handout
Africa's overall elephant population is declining due to poaching, but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent's elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s. REUTERS/Handout
However, they are seen as a nuisance by some farmers, whose crops have been destroyed. REUTERS/Handout
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