Monday, August 31, 2020

Zimbabwe launches investigation as 11 elephants die weeks after mystery virus kills hundreds

An investigation has been launched after 11 elephants were found dead in a forest.

The bodies were discovered by park authorities in Pandamasue Forest in Zimbabwe, with no clear sign of what killed them.

Poaching was ruled out because the elephants' tusks were still on the bodies. Poachers are known to poison the animals in the area to sell their ivory tusks to traders.

Spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Tinashe Farawo, said blood samples of the bodies were taken to a laboratory to determine the cause of their deaths.

He added: "We can only ascertain the cause of death after the tests. But we have ruled out cyanide poisoning.

Only elephants were affected. No vultures or any other animals were affected.”