Oct 21, 2019

At least 55 elephants die in Zimbabwe drought

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park over the past two months amid a severe drought. The park can handle about 15,000 elephants but currently has more than 50,000. Their bodies have been spotted at empty watering holes - at least 55 dead elephants in the past two months alone, the victims of a devastating drought that is now threatening the lives of humans and wildlife alike. In Zimbabwe's giant Hwange National Park the problem is not just a lack of rain, but far too many elephants. One solution is to sell elephants to foreign parks but that - often shadowy - practice has provoked a furious backlash from wildlife experts who say young elephants have been wrenched from their families, traumatised and shipped abroad to unsuitable Chinese zoos.

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