Hundreds of elephants found dead

Hundreds of elephants found dead

Posted on 07/03/2020

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According to local conservationists, over the past three months more than 360 elephants have died under mysterious circumstances in Botswana in Southern Africa.

The Botswana government is testing samples from the dead elephants but they have yet to determine a cause of death.

Last year Botswana lifted an elephant hunting ban it had in place in 2014, sparking international outcry.

Conservationists said it is possible the animals were killed illegally, although the tusks were still on the elephants.

They also say there could be a number of possibilities including an elephant-specific parasite or even Covid-19.

Conservationists say whatever the cause, it is important to get to the bottom of it as the loss of elephant life was already "significant globally."

In a 2016 survey "The Great Elephant Census" it was revealed that between 2007 to 2014 elephant numbers plummeted by at least 30-percent or 144-thousand.

Botswana is home to 130-thousand elephants, more than any other country on the continent.

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