BOTSWANA — Hundreds of elements are mysteriously dying in Africa near Seronga, Botswana, and scientists have been unable to figure out what's killing them.
The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in a statement on Facebook on July 2 that 275 elephant carcasses have been verified, though reports state that 356 deceased animals were reported.
Officials said multiple labs are working to process samples from the dead elephants:
Local news agency Africa Story Live tweeted this isn't the first time a large number of animals was killed by an unknown cause in the area:
Over 300 elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana since April 2020.— Africa story Live (@AfricaStoryLive) July 3, 2020
Tusk still intact, death most likely not from poaching
Natural anthrax poisoning killed over 100 elephants in Botswana in 2018/2019 pic.twitter.com/X6ylblKcc9