Five elephants in Zimbabwe have succumbed to dehydration as the effects of El-nino cause draught all over Africa.
- Five elephants at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe succumbed to a lack of water.
- Young and old elephants are not strong enough to trek long distances in search of water, Zimparks said.
- Solar-powered boreholes are not enough to save the water crisis at wildlife parks.
Extreme temperatures keep rising as El Nino sweeps across
the continent with no rain in sight, particularly in Southern Africa. Now five
elephants have been reported dead as a result of dehydration in Zimbabwe.
The five jumbos, according to the Zimbabwe National Parks
(Zimparks) spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, were found dead in the Sinamatella
area of Hwange National Park by rangers.
“Preliminary investigations point to dehydration,”
he told News24.
Hwange National Park is part of the Kavango-Zambezi
Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), which covers Botswana, Namibia,
Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Angola, making it the second-largest nature and landscape
conservation area in the world.
Animals migrate among these countries depending on climate
and other seasonal reasons.
Hwange National Park, according to estimates by
conservationists, is home to 44 000 elephants. However, over the years, the
large mammals have been moving to neighbouring Botswana in search of water.
This year, due to a change in climate, the migration started
as early as September.
The water crisis has seen mostly young elephants and the
elderly succumb to dehydration and hunger because they were not strong enough
As the dry period persists, young, ailing, and elderly elephants are particularly vulnerable since they are unable to travel great distances in search of water and food; some have been stranded near water holes, foraging all plants within their range.
Zimparks last year drilled more than a hundred boreholes
powered by solar in selected wildlife sanctuaries. However, when surface water
dries up, animals are forced to trek long distances in search of food and
In 2019, about 200 elephants died from the dry spell. The most
immediate way to save the country’s prime wildlife tourist attractions, such as
elephants and lions, was to relocate them.
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Publish date : 2023-12-05 21:35:43