Mystery of Zimbabwe elephant deaths may be solved, as experts eye bacterial disease

Mystery of Zimbabwe elephant deaths may be solved, as experts eye bacterial disease

Officials in Zimbabwe say that the recent spate of elephant deaths in the country is the result of bacterial infection.

Fulton Mangwanya, the director-general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told a parliamentary committee that 34 elephants have died so far and “many” more could still die “in the short term.”

“All results to date point to the cause of these elephant deaths being a disease known as hemorrhagic septicemia,” said Mangwanya, noting that the disease does not appear to have been previously recorded as causing deaths among Africa’s savannah elephants.

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“However, it has been reported to kill Asian elephants in India. It has also affected cattle, pigs, and chickens in southern Africa in which it can cause massive mortality. It has also been recognized in buffalo and some other wildlife species in this part of this world,“ 他说.

十一月. 10, 2019: Elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water.

十一月. 10, 2019: Elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. (美联社照片)

Two elephants were found dead in Victoria Falls last week, the Sunday Mail 报告, citing the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Samples have been sent to the U.K. for tests, 的 Authority 说过.

Other samples will also be sent to the U.S. and neighboring South Africa, according to Mangwanya.

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另外, a mass elephant die-off occurred earlier this year in neighboring Botswana. Officials in Botswana recently 已报告 that the deaths of the more than 300 elephants may be the result of toxic algae in the water the animals were drinking.

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