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55 elephants die of thirst

Published : Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 54

HARARE, Oct 21: Zimbabwe wildlife authorities say at least 55 elephants have died of hunger and thirst in the country's largest natural reserve, Hwange National Park, to the west of the country.
Drought, caused by climate change, had led to shortage of food and water at the Hwange National Park, it quoted a wildlife official as saying.  Zimbabwe - with more than 84,000 elephants - has the second biggest herd in the world after Botswana but can sustainably manage about 56,000 of them.

Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the deaths to State broadcaster the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.    -XINHUA



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