Toxins in water killed hundreds of elephants: Botswana

Toxins in water killed hundreds of elephants: Botswana

Authorities in Botswana said that toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants this year.

Cyril Taolo, deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, told a news conference the number of elephant carcasses found since deaths were first reported around early May had risen to 330, from 281 in July.

“What we just know at this point is that it’s a toxin caused by cyanobacteria,” said Taolo, adding the specific type of neurotoxin had yet to be established.

He said for now there was no evidence to suggest that Botswana’s wildlife was still under threat as officials were no longer seeing deaths.

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