Last updated October 10, 2018

Prolonged drought results in starvation of African elephant (Loxodonta africana)

  • States that human-induced climate change is threatening wildlife communities globally
  • States that incidents of drought occur more frequently globally and, particularly, in Africa over the last 25 years
  • States there is a need to better understand the causes of drought-induced mortality
  • Finds that prolonged dry periods result in increased adult elephant mortality
  • Finds that elephant mortality during dry periods is high close to water
  • Finds that during dry periods, elephant mortality is due to starvation rather than dehydration