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Gaborone: Hundreds of elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana’s famous Okavango DeltaThe head of the wildlife department said that poaching could not be curbed on Thursday.
The South African country has the largest elephant population in the world, with an estimated number of about 130,000.
“We have reports of 356 dead elephants north of the Okavango Delta and we have confirmed 275 so far,” Cyril Talo, acting The director The Department of Wildlife and National Parks told AFP in a text message.
He said that the cause of the deaths has not yet been established Bishariya Was denied.
“We do not suspect poaching since (animals) were found with Tusk,” he said.
Samples have been collected and sent South Africa, Zimbabwe And Canada for testing.
Similar deaths occurred for the first time in May when authorities found 12 bodies in just one week in two villages in the northwest of the country.
The latest discoveries were flagged off by Elephants Without Borders (EWB), a wildlife conservation charity, which mentioned 356 dead elephants in a confidential report, which was leaked to the media on Wednesday.
The EWB suspects that elephants have been dying in the area for about three months.
According to the June 19, 2020 report, “about 70 percent of elephant carcasses were recently believed to have died almost a month ago, and 30 percent of carcasses had appeared new, ranging from one day to two weeks.” Were old “.
“There was good evidence to show elephants of all ages and sex appear to be dying,” the report wrote by the director of EWB Mike chase.
The EWB stated that many living elephants were seen to be weak, lethargy and emaciated, with some showing signs of disorientation, difficulty walking or limping.
“An elephant was seen walking in circles, unable to change direction despite being encouraged by other herd members,” the report states.
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