Conservationists were left baffled earlier this year after 300 elephants were found dead in Botswana.

Deaths of 300 elephants in Botswana blamed on bacterial infection: However, it has now come to light that the animals died due to a neuroxin produced by bacteria. Officials have said that cyanobacteria is behind the deaths. And that it occurs naturally in water but, due to climate change, these can now produce toxins that are deadly to elephants.

During May and June in Botswana’s Okavango delta hundreds of elephant carcasses were found. Which was a major worry considering that the country is home to a third of Africa’s declining elephant population. The deputy director for the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Cyril Taolo, said in a news conference. ” that the number of elephant carcasses found since the deaths were first reported has risen to 330 from 281 in July.”

Deaths of 300 elephants in Botswana blamed on bacterial infection

The first cases were reported in May. He said that the only thing they know at the moment is that it is a toxin caused by cyanobacteria that is killing the elephants. Although other animals in the Okavango region appear to be unharmed. The department’s head veterinary officer, Mmadi Rueben, said at the same news conference. ” that it remains a mystery as to why it is only elephants that seem to be affected. ”


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