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More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes in Botswana

By mercy • 4 weeks ago • 1589 views • 593 comments
More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes in Botswana

More than 360 elephants have died in mysterious circumstances in Botswana in the past three months, according to local conservationists.

Some carcasses were found clustered around waterholes, while others appeared to have died "falling flat on their faces," according to Niall McCann, director of conservation at United Kingdom charity National Park Rescue.
Live elephants seen nearby appeared physically weak, and one was walking in circles, unable to change direction, observers said. Other species in the area did not appear to have been affected by whatever struck down the elephants.
The Botswana government is testing samples from the dead elephants, but is yet to determine a cause of death.

    'Appalling' case

    The unusual number of elephant carcasses were first recorded at the start of May, McCann said.
    Images obtained by CNN show many of the elephants lying
    "It's appalling -- we need to know what the hell is going on," he said, adding that he couldn't recall another time when so many elephants had died from a mystery cause.
    Botswana is home to 130,000 African elephants -- more than any other country on the continent. The Okavango Delta, where the carcasses were found, is home to around 10% of the country's elephants, McCann said.
    Last year, Botswana scrapped an elephant hunting ban it had in place in 2014, sparking international outcry. McCann said poaching could not be ruled out this time, although the tusks were still on the elephants.
    "800 of them are lying around as a magnet for criminals," he added.
    McCann said there were a number of possibilities for what could have caused the deaths, including an elephant-specific parasite -- or even Covid-19.
    "What I would like to emphasize is that this has the potential to be a public health crisis," he said.
      Whatever the cause, McCann said it was important to get to the bottom of it as already the loss of elephant life was "significant globally," he said.
      The African elephant is classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. The first Great Elephant Census, a pan-African survey conducted in 2016, revealed that in just seven years between 2007 and 2014 elephant numbers plummeted by at least 30%, or 144,000.

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        4 weeks ago

        Following

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you very much for the information you have just shared with us 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is really a big lose to country's natural resources hope its resolved soon 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing the article it is very informative but so unfortunate just

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        4 weeks ago

        Oh well thank you so very much for sharing this information there

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad development 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is really a sad development

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        4 weeks ago

        what a great lose

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        4 weeks ago

        Following

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        4 weeks ago

        thank you so much for sharing this informative article and continues sharing with us 

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        Following 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        So sad

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        4 weeks ago

        OMG,  its really sad that elephants are dying from mysterious causes, hope they find out what the mysterious causes are.

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        4 weeks ago

        Mmm that's sad 360 is a big number, they should  dig dump to knw want reall caused these animals to die

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing this information keep us updated thank you once more 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing this information I really appreciate this alot and I have been updated 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad to here elephants are going to be extinct mmm it's sad we need to help them 

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        4 weeks ago

        Locals should eat that meat 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is too serious of a problem. They must get to the bottom of everything soon 

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        4 weeks ago

        wow

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad development

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        4 weeks ago

        Following

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        This is too serious of a problem. They must get to the bottom of everything soon 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is so sad...too bad

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        4 weeks ago

        Please sort this out to preserve wild life

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        4 weeks ago

        This was really bad

        Thanks for the information

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        4 weeks ago

        THis isn’t good for the Africa. Wildlife 

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        4 weeks ago

        What an interesting and well articulated and  balanced article,thank you for sharing this piece of information

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        4 weeks ago

        Botswana world life workers and doctors are currently investigating the cause of death

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        4 weeks ago

        Poor elephants so sad

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad news

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        4 weeks ago

        That's a very big loss 

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        4 weeks ago

        Hopefully they can quickly identify the cause of death.

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        Following

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        Following

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        4 weeks ago

        I really wonder what's happening in Botswana 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad development there 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is sad

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        Live elephants seen nearby appeared physically weak, and one was walking in circles, unable to change direction, observers said. Other species in the area did not appear to have been affected by whatever struck down the elephants. 

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        4 weeks ago

        Too bad

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you so much for this, I will will share with others for sure because it’s interesting, keep it up with the updates

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        4 weeks ago

        Alright thank you for this wonderful piece of information you have shared with us today 

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        4 weeks ago

        this is really  productive information guys,,thank you for this

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        4 weeks ago

        This is really sad development and thanks for sharing this information hope they take a close look into it

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        4 weeks ago

        This is bad I hope the Botswana wlld life authority will find a solution as soon as possible

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        4 weeks ago

        Very sad information hope the cause is found

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        4 weeks ago

        They ought to find the cause

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        4 weeks ago

        This really sad

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        4 weeks ago

        Following 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad,

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad development thanks for sharing this information on this platform 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you for sharing this piece of information, this is so beautiful 

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        4 weeks ago

        oh no!

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        sad

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        4 weeks ago

        This is sad

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        Following 

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        4 weeks ago

        Too bad

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        4 weeks ago

        Interesting thanks for sharing this wonderful information I will share it with others

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        4 weeks ago

        This is sad

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        4 weeks ago

        Elephants are very beautiful we will not allow the killing of them 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad development

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        4 weeks ago

        This is still mysterious

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        4 weeks ago

        This is sad hope they find the cause as to why elephants are dying 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad news keep updating 

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        Following

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        4 weeks ago

        That is a great loss where and tourism is concerned I find very sad

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        4 weeks ago

        This outbreak

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing the information

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        4 weeks ago

        Following the article closely and thank you for the information

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        4 weeks ago

        I hope lab tests reveal the cause of the death just so we stop the deaths

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you very much for the information, we really appreciate please continue updating us like this. This very bad I like elephants

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        4 weeks ago

        It is so disheartening to see how the elephants are dying may the authority hasten the testing procedures

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for the information

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing this information and keep on updating us 

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        4 weeks ago

         very interesting article and really nice information for sure,i only hope the botsowana officals have come to a conclusion to finding out what really went wrong with the animals.

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        4 weeks ago

        Noted

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        4 weeks ago

        all the best in their quest on finding the finding associated with the deaths of the elephants

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you so much for sharing this important information about elephants 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is very sad elephants are tourist attractions

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        4 weeks ago

        What killed them

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        4 weeks ago

        This is so unfortunate and very sad, what can be causing this, is it poisoning?

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad news 

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        So sad devopment

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad loss . Too bad

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        4 weeks ago

        They just have to find the cure otherwise tourism will lose value, because the biggest tourist attraction are elephants

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad news 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is so sad ,,what could be the cause of these mysterious deaths aaini,,I hope they get to the bottom of this real soon

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        4 weeks ago

        There Bostwana wildlife authority need to take this matter serious and investigate there cause of death 

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad

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        4 weeks ago

        This is bad.loss of wildlife

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        4 weeks ago

        That's bad news to hear about indeed anyway thank you very much for sharing this with us

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing this beautiful information I appreciate it hope everyone has learnt something from it 

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        4 weeks ago

        Other species in the area did not appear to have been affected by whatever struck down the elephants.

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad to here elephants are going to be extinct mmm it's sad we need to help them 

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        4 weeks ago

        This is horrible, hope they'll be able to find the cause of their deaths before more elephants die 

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        Thanks for the update

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        4 weeks ago

        That's sad 360 is a big number, they should  dig up more to know want really caused these animals to die.

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        4 weeks ago

        Noted

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing this information, elephants death so sad

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        4 weeks ago

        This is so sad

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        4 weeks ago

         I would like to emphasize that this has the potential to be a public health crisis.

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        4 weeks ago

        This is bad news for wildlife hope they will soon avail the cause

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        4 weeks ago

        Sad

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        4 weeks ago

        This is sad, anyways thank you so much for sharing this information with us keep updating

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        4 weeks ago

        Following 

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        4 weeks ago

        this is really bad 

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        4 weeks ago

        That’s so bad 

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        4 weeks ago

        360 is just too much

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        4 weeks ago

        Thanks for sharing

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        4 weeks ago

        So sad

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        4 weeks ago

        Thank you so much for sharing and updating us on this information

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        4 weeks ago

        We need to care for our world life, this is so sad, that's a huge number

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