Zimbabwe is now investigating mystery elephant deaths, too

In recent years poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned dozens of elephants and then have taken their ivory tusks to sell them to illegal traders. Last year about 200 elephants in Zimbabwe died of starvation as a result of the country’s drought. But we have ruled out cyanide poisoning,” Farawo told The Associated Press. Scientists are still investigating the deaths of the elephants in Botswana’s Okavango Delta area and poaching, poisoning and anthrax have been ruled out. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

“We can only ascertain the cause of death after the tests. Zimbabwe is now investigating mystery elephant deaths, too

August 31, 2020 / 8:07 AM
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Mysterious elephant deaths under investigation

Mysterious elephant deaths under investigatio… First published on August 31, 2020 / 8:07 AM PHOTOGRAPHS OBTAINED BY REUTERS

The mysterious deaths of the elephants in Zimbabwe appears similar to the deaths last month of more than 275 elephants in neighboring Botswana. Initial tests show that it is not cyanide. We are also ruling out poachers because the tusks were intact.”

A combination photo shows dead elephants in Okavango Delta, Botswana May-June, 2020. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered on Friday in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. Blood samples have been taken to a laboratory for analysis to determine the cause of their deaths, Tinashe Farawo, spokesman of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said.The dead elephants were found with the tusks still on their bodies, ruling out poaching. Botswana has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated at 156,000 and Zimbabwe has the second largest, estimated at 85,000. 02:43

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s parks authorities in Zimbabwe are investigating the death of 11 elephants in a forest in the west of the country, a parks spokesman said Sunday. “Only elephants were affected, no vultures or any other animals were affected.