Elefanentode durch Bakterien infographic
Grafik mit Fakten zu Cyanobakterien (Blaualgen).
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Elefantentode in Verbindung mit Bakterien

September 22, 2020 - Toxine im Wasser, verursacht von Bakterien, haben hunderte Elefanten in Botswana seit März getötet. Toxische Blaualgen kommen häufiger durch den Klimawandel vor, der die globalen Temperaturen ansteigen lässt.

In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, at least 330 elephants have died since March. The delta is home to an estimated 15,000 pachyderms.

A further 25 elephants have also died in neighbouring Zimbabwe’s largest national park, the Hwange National Park.

“The deaths were caused by poisoning due to cyanobacteria which was growing in pans” -- watering holes -- the principal veterinary officer of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Mmadi Reuben, told reporters.

Reuben said the deaths had “stopped towards the end of June 2020, coinciding with the drying of pans.”

Botswana boasts the world’s largest elephant population, estimated at around 130,000.

PUBLISHED: 22/09/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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