Between May and June this year, some 275 elephants have mysteriously died in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, which is home to an estimated 15,000 elephants.
Poaching was ruled out as a cause of death since the dead bodies of the animals were discovered with tusks. mysterious death of elephants
After months of testing in specialized laboratories in South Africa, Canada, Zimbabwe and the United States the cause of the mysterious death was finally determined.
According to the local wildlife authorities, toxins produced by microscopic algae in the water were the cause of the death of hundreds of specimens.
The number of elephants enumerated to have died from ingesting *cyanobacteria, toxic bacteria more commonly known as the blue-green algae is 330.
Scientists explained that climate change may make this type of tragedies, known as toxic blooms, more likely, because they benefit from hot water.
Moreover, the fact that many dead elephants were found near the pool greatly strengthened the scientists’ claims. mysterious death of elephants
“Our latest tests have found that cyanobacterial neurotoxins are the cause of deaths. These are bacteria that are found in the water, “said the chief veterinarian of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Mmadi Reuben, at a press conference on Monday.
The deaths “ceased at the end of June 2020, coinciding with the drying up of the (water) ponds,” as quoted by the AFP agency.
“We still have a lot of questions to answer, like why only elephants and why only that area. We have a series of hypotheses that we are investigating”, Reuben assured.