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Elephant Deaths in Botswana

  • 03 Jul 2020
  • 2 min read

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In the past two months, hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Key Points

  • The cause of the deaths is yet to be established. However, poaching has been ruled out since the dead elephants were found with tusks.
    • Several live elephants appeared to have been weak, lethargic and skeletal, with some showing signs of disorientation, difficulty in walking or limping.
  • Okavango Delta: It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean.
    • This delta comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains.
    • The delta covers part of Kalahari Desert and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River.
    • It is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
  • Botswana: It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Its 70% territory is covered by Kalahari Desert.
    • Botswana has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000.
    • It is Africa's oldest continuous democracy.

Source: TH

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