Massive loss of elephants in the Okavango Delta in Botswana could be triggered by natural toxins, reported by the wildlife Department of Botswana, says Science Alert 3 Aug.
According to the preliminary results, we are talking about bacteria that can produce poison in stagnant water. However, the authorities of the country until recently did not rule out anthrax, and poaching, the newspaper writes.
In Botswana in may for some unknown reason, killed 350 elephants. Director of conservation British charity organization National Park Rescue, Dr. Niall McCann stated that the scope of death of elephants are unprecedented, especially considering the fact that it occurs outside the period of drought. The locals have seen weak and emaciated animals, and thus, the number of dead individuals may increase.
The population of elephants in the Okavango Delta has about 15 thousand individuals.