356 Elephants Died Suddenly. The Cause Is a Mystery.

Some conservationists say the recent die-off in Botswana could be natural, but others expressed more concern. On May 25, conservationists were flying over Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle when they counted something disturbing: 169 dead elephants. A second flight in June revealed more carcasses, bringing the total to 356. Some of the animals appeared to have died suddenly, collapsing chest-first while walking or running. No tusks were removed, suggesting that poaching for ivory may not be to blame. But experts are…

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