The Department of Wildlife Conservation has revealed that the simultaneous death of more than 300 elephants was caused by a green and blue cyanobacteria. This bacterium grows in toxic water. Authorities have also dismissed the idea that the elephants were killed to get their teeth. At the same time, the fear that he had been poisoned with anthrax to affect the country’s tourism industry has been dismissed.
How did cyanobacteria kill elephants?
Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms that are common in water. Sometimes they are also found in the soil and some cyanobacteria cause the production of neurotoxins. Neurotoxin is a toxic substance that affects the nerves and is also found in snake venom.
Madi Reuben, a wildlife and national parks official, told reporters that the bacteria had grown in the water supply pipes. There was very little water in the ponds and because of this the cyanobacteria had grown a lot. However, he said, “There are still many questions to be answered. Why this area and why elephants in this particular area were killed. There are many other theories that are being researched. ”
Climate change is not dangerous for all types of cyanobacteria, but experts say there is now an increase in the number of species that are dangerous to humans and animals, and this is due to climate change. Temperatures in southern Africa are rising twice as fast as in other parts of the world. Elephant’s paradise? Poaching has reduced the total number of elephants found in Africa. One-third of the African continent’s elephants are found in Botswana, and the country’s elephant population has increased. There are about 130,000 elephants in the country.
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