2020-07-05

unprecedented! The”mysterious death” of nearly 400 elephants in the”Elephant Kingdom”, what is the reason behind it?

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Botswana in southern Africa is known as the”kingdom of elephants” and is the country with the largest number of elephants in the world. However, there have recently been”bizarre” incidents of massive elephant deaths in the country.

According to the British”Guardian” recently reported that in early May, the death of elephants was reported for the first time in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. By the end of May, the number of dead elephants in the area had climbed to 169. By mid-June, this data had more than doubled. Over the past two months, there have been more than 350 elephants”mysteriously died”.

According to reports, 70%of these elephants died near water, and there are both male and female elephants among the dead elephants, and Covers all ages.

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In this supplied photo, a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, May 25, 2020. /AP

The Botswana government has sent personnel and helicopters Investigate the cause of death of the elephant. The investigation team the biological samples collected have been sent to laboratories in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada for analysis, and the possibility of anthrax causing elephant death has been ruled out.

Experts advise local residents not to try to obtain ivory from dead elephants. Although Botswana has always had problems with elephant poaching, the investigators have now ruled out the possibility that poaching caused a large number of elephant deaths.

Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses in the popular Okavango Delta area of ​​the southern African nation in recent weeks.

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and aircraft to better understand the &34;mysterious deaths.&34; Samples have been collected for analysis at labs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada and anthrax has been ruled out as the cause.

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Mark Healy, one of the heads of the National Park Rescue, a British charity Mark Hiley) wrote in an email,”This is one of the biggest disasters suffered by elephants in this century, and it happened in one of the best tourist destinations in Africa.”

In addition, the person in charge expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s slow response:”In early May, there were a large number of elephant deaths. For this level of events, The government should have responded within a few days. However, it took several months for us to appear here. And the biological sample test has not been completed, and we have not obtained more Information.”

Healy also said that the cause of the large number of elephant deaths is unlikely to be the new coronavirus, but this possibility is still impossible Completely ruled out.

According to the Guardian, some local witnesses claimed that some elephant walked around before death

This is &34;one of the biggest disasters to impact elephants this century, and right in the middle of one of Africa&39;s top tourism destinations,&34; the director of conservation group National Park Rescue, Mark Hiley, said in an email.

&34;Elephants began dying in huge numbers in early May and the government would normally respond within days to an event of this scale. Yet here we are, months later, with no testing completed and with no more information than we had at the start.&34;

He said COVID-19 is an unlikely candidate but for now nothing, including poison, can be ruled out.

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In this supplied photo, a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, May 25, 2020. /AP

It is reported that Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi decided in 2018 to disarm the anti-poaching team of the country’s Ministry of Wildlife. Soon after the decision was made, 87 elephant tusks were found hunted by animal protection organizations in the Okavango Delta. The former minister of the country’s wildlife department even blamed the elephant’s poaching in the area on the president’s decision.

The government of Botswana said in a statement released on July 2 that the poaching of rhinos in the Okavango Delta has recently surged.

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In this supplied photo, a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, May 25, 2020. /AP

Former wildlife minister Tshekedi Khama, brother of former president Ian Khama, has blamed poaching in the Okavango Delta on President Mokgweetsi Masisi&39;s decision to disarm the wildlife department&39;s anti-poaching unit in 2018.

Soon after that decision, conservation group Elephants Without Borders reported 87 elephants found stripped of their tusks in the area. In a separate statement on Thursday, Botswana&39;s government also announced &34;an alarming surge of rhinoceros poaching in the Okavango Delta&34; in recent days .