Zimbabwe heat wave kills 77 elephants

2011-11-23 20:57

Harare - Wildlife authorities say at least 77 elephants have died in a three-month heat wave in western Zimbabwe that has dried up watering holes.

The state Parks and Wildlife Authority said in a Wednesday statement that rangers in the Hwange National Park have counted 18 calves and 21 adolescent elephants among the dead animals.

In a heat wave since September, Zimbabwe's biggest nature preserve has seen temperatures soar to above 40°C, far higher than annual averages.

The statement says scarce funding has hindered efforts to repair man-made watering holes that have broken down. Independent conservationists say the death toll of elephants, buffalo, zebra and antelope species could be larger in many inaccessible areas of the park.

  • Robert - 2011-11-23 22:12

    is there anything still left or is this a plot to cover up stolen ivory. I can not believe this crap. If so im am weeping. Where??

  • colin.dovey - 2011-11-23 22:27

    The key element is the Man-made waterholes falling into disrepair. They don't deserve that country.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-24 07:01

      Kruger is cutting down on the number of man made dams and waterholes, as they are creating too much pressure on sensitive areas. Zim does not cull elephants as far as I know, so perhaps these natural disasters are the only way to sustain the habitat. Sad, but maybe a good thing in the long run?

  • Homemissionary - 2011-11-24 06:41

    Starving humans come first..but animals dying of dehydration is sad too.We took their land, let's take care of them properly.

  • Gail - 2011-11-24 10:55

    Poor ellies! Now Bob didn't build the fences that keep the elephants in but he also didn't have the money to maintain waterholes for animals when he needed to have medical treatment himself. Aside from which was there food and skills for the poor Zimbabweans themselves to survive? Droughts are an act of nature which man does not control. No 0one deserves anything unless they work for it and when nature is factored into the equation man is pretty powerless. Things to come...

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