As of March, about 330 dead elephants have been found in and around Okwango, the initial assumption that the elephants were killed by hunters was disproved because the underwriters were not robbed. Other animals were not harmed, authorities are investigating the deaths and the culprit, cyanobacteria, was probably found.
In South African countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and especially Botswana, there is the largest concentration of African elephants, with Botswana at the top of the list being considered an elephant paradise with about 130,000 elephants. Many of the elephants live in one of the most beautiful desert pleasures in the world, the Okavango.
As of March, about 330 dead elephants have been found in and around Okwango, the initial assumption that the elephants were killed by hunters was disproved because the underwriters were not robbed. Other animals were not harmed, authorities are investigating the deaths and the culprit, Cyanobacteria, has apparently been found.
Cyanobacteria are species of algae that live in reservoirs, including toxic species. According to Botswana’s “Wildlife and National Parks” “for some unknown reason recently, toxic cyanobacterial algae have multiplied in seasonal reservoirs.” Possibly due to global warming.
The toxic algae that multiplied are what caused the mass death of elephants, species of toxic algae to animals and fish but it is not clear why other species were not harmed. This may be due to the drinking habits of elephants that regularly visit seasonal puddles in which algae have grown, puddles that other animals do not visit.
Beginning in July, the deaths ceased, probably due to the drying up of seasonal puddles. South Africa is warming twice as much as the rest of the world, which scientists say stimulates the growth of toxic algae. Here is another facet of the damage caused by global warming.
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