Botswana Authorities Identify Cause Of Mysterious Elephant Deaths
Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana in 2020, officials have said, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists. The government of the southern African country, home to a third of the continent's declining elephant population, said in July it had launched an investigation into the mysterious deaths, collecting samples from the carcasses. Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and is sometimes found in soil. Not all produce toxins, but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.
Mass Elephant Deaths Caused By Bacteria
Botswana Daily News, 21 September 2020
Findings on the mortality of 330 elephants around Seronga area between April and July are linked to cyanobacteria, Department of Wildlife and National Parks' Dr Reuben Mmatli has… Read more »
Bacteria in Water Behind Mass Elephant Deaths
DW, 21 September 2020
Upwards of 300 elephants died in the Southern African country this year, baffling and alarming conservationists. After months of research, government officials say they have… Read more »
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African elephants in Botswana (file photo).