Mystery Over Mass Elephant Deaths in Botswana
Posted on July 9, 2020
The New York Times reports that the elephant mass die-off has been estimated by fly overs. It is not believed to be poaching because the tusks are still on the dead elephants.
There is concern it could be anthrax or another disease.
Mark Hiley, the director of rescue operations at National Park Rescue, told the Times that elephant carcasses, soil and waterways will need to be studied to see what it is causing the deaths. Investigations are slowed by the coronavirus epidemic.
Update: The deaths were caused by cyanobacteria according to a BBC News story.
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