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World More than 300 elephants killed by toxin, not poaching, says US official

03:30  22 september  2020
03:30  22 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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More than 300 elephants were killed in Botswana earlier this year from toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria, officials said today after an Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes soil. Toxic ones are more frequent as climate change raises global temperatures.

Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching but Botswana, home to almost a third of the

A large group of elephants that mysteriously perished in Botswana was killed by a toxic bacteria found in standing water, said a principal veterinarian with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

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An investigation into hundreds of elephant carcasses found in the Okavango Delta, a vast inland river delta of Botswana, found that the animals ingested cyanobacteria, a naturally occurring toxic bacteria that has been linked to warmer weather in the region.

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Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.

Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate “These conditions are coming together more often, in more places, so we are seeing more of these toxic

Mmadi Reuben, the principal veterinarian at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said tests performed on the elephants found the bacteria present in all of the carcasses.

"Our latest tests have detected cyanobacterial neurotoxins to be the cause of deaths. These are bacteria found in water," Reuben said at a press conference on Monday.

A multinational team of researchers was initially skeptical about bacteria causing the deaths because elephants tend to drink from the middle of watering holes and cyanobacteria forms closer to the edge.

Reuben noted that elephant deaths in the region coincided with the end of the dry season but that not all of the questions surrounding the event have been fully answered.

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Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed The animals were found with tusks intact, ruling out poaching and deliberate poisoning.

Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, an Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate "These conditions are coming together more often, in more places, so we are seeing more of these

"We have many questions still to be answered, such as why the elephants only and why that area only," Reuben added. "We have a number of hypotheses we are investigating."

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