The mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswanan have concerned people around the world looking for answers.
“A catastrophic die-off of elephants is happing in northern Botswana, and no one knows why,” said Niall McCann, Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue, a direct-action conservation organization that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos, and lions in sub-Saharan Africa. “It’s vital that a team of independent experts visit and sample the carcasses before any more elephants die, or this spills over into the local human population.”
This morning, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) also took to social media to address the situation, noting on the organization’s Facebook page that they are “being inundated with questions and queries regarding the mysterious mass die off of elephants in the Okavango Panhandle of Botswana.
“EWB has submitted its information to the Director of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) following established reporting protocol,” Elephants Without Boarders explained in the post.
WAN is among those reaching out to numerous sources to gather information about this devastating situation and has discovered a new statement from The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism that was posted this morning on the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Facebook page.
“The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism wants to inform members of the public that, following the mysterious deaths of elephants in the areas around Seronga since March 2020 to date, 275 elephant carcasses have been verified against 356 reported cases. Furthermore, investigations regarding the unexplained deaths of elephants are ongoing.
“The public is also informed that three Laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants which will be interpreted against field veterinary assessments of critically ill and dead elephants.
“Members of the public are assured that tusks are being removed from the dead elephants within proximity to human settlements. The ongoing investigations into the deaths of the elephants have revealed no evidence of poaching thus far.
“The Ministry will, therefore, keep the public informed of any developments.
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