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Thirsty Elephants Die In Parched Western Zimbabwe October 5, 2012
Elephants in Hwange National Park.
“This is as a result of the increase in temperatures that has accelerated the rate of evaporation of water from the holding pans.” — Caroline Washaya-Moyo.
At least 19 elephants and two rhinos have died of thirst in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The Herald reports the Wildlife Management Authority is attempting to raise $100,000 to avert more fatalities, which have been brought on by abnormal heat and high evaporation rates, as well as overuse of watering holes by gathering animals.

The elephants were found dead at Bumbusi, Mandavu, Masuna, Sinamatella, Robins and Main Camp.

“This has obviously created a situation whereby pumped water is not adequate for game during the late dry season,” said authority spokesman Caroline Washaya-Moyo.

She added that rangers had witnessed an influx of the wildlife species, presumably from neighboring Botswana.

Photo: Overlanding Africa