The mysterious deaths of a minimum of 154 elephants is being investigated by officers in Botswana.

The precise reason for dying shouldn’t be identified however all are believed to have occurred within the northwest of the nation over the past two months.

Regional wildlife co-ordinator Dimakatso Ntshebe mentioned carcasses had been discovered intact, suggesting they weren’t poached.

Additional investigations have additionally dominated out poisoning by people and anthrax, which generally hits wildlife on this a part of Botswana.

Africa’s total elephant inhabitants is declining on account of poaching, however Botswana, house to nearly a 3rd of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers develop to 130,000 from 80,000 within the late 1990s.

Nevertheless, they’re seen as a rising nuisance by farmers, whose crops have been destroyed by the animals roaming the southern African nation.

Final 12 months, president Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on large recreation searching, imposed by earlier president Ian Khama.

However the searching season didn’t take off in April as world journey restrictions meant hunters from many coronavirus-hit international locations couldn’t enter Botswana.

In the meantime, the Wildlife Division has undertaken an operation to relocate and dehorn all rhinos to deal with poaching – mirroring efforts elsewhere within the area.

The Okavango Delta rhino inhabitants has been the toughest hit, with 25 reported poached between December and the start of Might.

That compares with a complete of 31 rhinos poached from October 2018 to December final 12 months.

news.sky.com

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