More than 350 African elephants may have died from a new virus
According to the British”Sun” report on July 13, more than 350 Africa elephants bodies have been found in Botswana, Africa since May Now, scientists have initially determined that a new type of”elephant virus” is the”hands behind the scenes” of this disaster.
Dr. Neil McCan, director of the National Park Rescue Center, is concerned about human infection:”It is very important to rule out the possibility of this virus escaping into humans.”
Okavango Delta and other parts of the northern part of the country have more than 350 heads of different ages The sex of African elephants died. The region did not experience drought. Poaching and anthrax were the first to be excluded by experts.
Locals reported that they saw elephants walking in circles before they died, indicating that their nervous system has been damaged by pathogens or poisons.
In addition to Dr. McCann, many experts are worried This pathogen-whose name is currently unknown-may spread to humans.
“This is a natural ecological disaster, but it may also cause a public health crisis. The entire environment needs to be sampled, including vegetation, water and soil.”
Dr. McCann revealed part The elephant corpses were sent to Zimbabwe as samples, with a view to further understanding their causes of death.
According to reports, the first group of elephants died abnormally In May, 169 elephants died in a swampy wildlife habitat for a short time. By mid-June, the number of deaths doubled, with 70%of elephants dying around water holes.
Dr. Cyril Tauro, Director of the Wildlife Management Department, said:”We realize that elephants are dying one after another, and there are no vultures on their bodies. The locals believe that deaths are caused by reasons other than natural phenomena.”
Due to poaching, the number of African elephants is gradually decreasing, But the number of elephants in Botswana is increasing.
This South African country has one-third of the elephants on the African continent. Due to proper management, the number has grown to 80,000 to 130,000. There are about 15,000 elephants living in the Okavango Delta, and tourists attracted by wildlife contribute 12%of the country’s GDP.
Since many farmers regard the herd as an enemy of crops, Poaching in Botswana is still prevalent.
President Mokvezi Masisi lifted the five-year large hunting ban imposed by the former president in May 2019. However, due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Botswana has not started the hunting season this year.