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Jumbo Victims of Heat and Drought December 2, 2011
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Temperatures welll above 100 degrees Fahrenheit have evaporated watering holes in parts of Zimbabwe.
Three months of excessive heat across parts of western Zimbabwe have dried up water holes, causing the deaths of at least 77 elephants.

The country’s Parks and Wildlife Authority says that rangers in the Hwange National Park have found 18 calves and 21 adolescent elephants among the dead.

Temperatures have soared to above 104 degrees Fahrenheit at times since September, far higher than normal.

Wildlife officials say that lack of funds has prevented them from repairing watering stations in the park, also leading to the deaths of buffalo, zebra and antelope.

Photo: Hwange National Park