Botswana | Mass elephant die-off caused by ingesting cyanobacteria

Back in July 2020, the world was left in a state of horror, disbelief, and confusion due to reports of the mysterious deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana, Southern Africa. Now, the latest developments have indicated that the elephants died after having ingested a harmful toxin named cyanobacteria.

The government officials who carried out the tests have identified that at least 330 elephants died from consuming cyanobacteria. The investigations, through a series of tests, were carried out in some of the specialised laboratories in South Africa, Canada, Zimbabwe, and the US. The results from these tests highlighted the cyanobacterial neurotoxins as the prime cause.

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