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55 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe drought



55 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe drought

No fewer than 55 elephants domiciled at the Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, have reportedly starved to death over the past two months amid a sever drought in the country.

Park officials say some of the dead elephants were found within 50 metres (yards) of water pans – suggesting they had travelled far and died just before reaching them.

“The situation is dire,” Zimparks spokesman Tinashe Farawo said.

“The elephants are dying from starvation and this is a big problem.”

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The elephants have caused “massive destruction” of vegetation in Hwange, Mr Farawo said. The park can handle about 15,000 elephants but currently has more than 50,000.

The drought has massively reduced crop levels in Zimbabwe.

A third of the population is reportedly in need of food aid in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis.

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