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Botswana authorities identify cause of mysterious elephant deaths

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 21, 2020
Officials in Botswana say the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent months were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water.
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"Our latest tests have detected cyanobacterial neurotoxins to be the cause of deaths. These are bacteria found in water," Mmadi Reuben, principal veterinary officer at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, told a news conference on Monday.

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

Addressing the same news conference, Cyril Taolo, the department's deputy director, said the number of dead elephants had risen to 330, from 281 last reported in July.