Nov 12, 2019

Elephant death toll in Zimbabwe rises to 200 amid severe drought

Hwange
Zimbabwe
by
CBS News
Dead elephant lays in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Credit: AP
Dead elephant lays in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Credit: AP

Last week, authorities in Zimbabwe said that 105 elephants had died in the past two months due to a severe drought spanning the country. Now, the death toll has risen to 200, officials said. 

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Other animals, including giraffes, zebras, hippos, impalas and buffaloes are also dying due to the drought.

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Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Zambezi River, annually experiences hot, dry weather at this time of year, according to AP. But poor rainfall last year has led to far worse droughts than usual, and the country is severely affected by climate change that has impacted weather patterns.

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