In Botswana, Africa, elephants are mysteriously dying since the past couple of months. As per the reports, the reason behind the deaths of at least 154 elephants is being thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and wildlife security officials in Africa. The government of Africa has dismissed a number probabilities including poaching, poisoning by humans and anthrax infection, a bacterial disease that commonly affects wild animals, especially in this part of Botswana.
Regional wildlife co-coordinator, Dimakatso Ntshebe said in a statement, “Carcasses were found intact, suggesting they were not poached.” Last year, President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, apparently, at least this year’s hunting season has not caused any of the deaths.
Reports say that Africa’s elephant population is considerably declining due to poaching. Botswana, known to be home to almost one-third of the continent’s elephants, however, has seen a growth in numbers of elephants – from 80,000 total elephants in the late 1990s to 130,000 elephants in 2019.
Shockingly, over 180 elephants have disappeared and died in the span of approximately two months, and yet the cause of their deaths is under the dark. There are about 415,000 African elephants in Africa. In 1930, their population was nearly 7 million. Elephants are vulnerable to poachers, so are rhinos. But such a family-oriented, intelligent and compassionate animal suffers a major decline in its population is an extremely worrisome matter for the whole world. Dying of so many elephants creates innumerable elephant orphans. Additionally, the reproduction cycle for elephants is way different and lengthier than other mammals, as it takes nearly two years to carry a single calf to term. Because of these current severe life threats, it will be harder for elephant populations to grow. Records show that it will not be far ahead in the future when the world will be concerned about African elephants becoming extinct. The decline in the number of black rhinos is an example to look at– tragically, there could have been more than 800,000 black rhinos at present, but 5000 black rhinos are all Africa is left with, in the year 2020. What could have possibly caused such a drastic decline?
As listed by the African government, habitat loss, poaching and conflict with humans are the three topmost causes behind the endangered species and decline in population in some animals. Some suspect that the surging nuisance by farmers has led to this threat to the animal population. Farmers complain about their crops getting destroyed by wild animals, mostly elephants and rhinos. This farmer vs. wildlife conflict has been going on since the last 2 decades. According to a Botswana resident, “People who roam freely in their streets are busy criticizing the president’s decision while the rest of us are here in villages fearing for our lives, we can’t step out of our homes freely. Botswana is a country, not a zoo. It is easy to have an opinion when you’re not the victim; these people have never been in an elephant attack that is why they are calling them gentle giants.” As logical as this comment sounds, the mass killing of animals is still in no way and in no world justifiable.
The government lifted the hunting ban in February last year claiming, “The legal framework will enable the growth of a safari hunting industry and manage the country’s elephant population within the historic range”. As a result, in the month of September, people found 87 elephants slaughtered in the Kasane area. What the government seems to conveniently ignore here is that “regulating” animal population is not “killing” animals or wiping out the entire animal species. There are better ways to monitor and control the populations that interfere with human civilization and farms. If farmers keep mindlessly slaughtering elephants and if it is the actual reason behind so many mysterious deaths of elephants, it is high time for the government and law enforcement departments to act upon this global issue.
“They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end.”
― Robert R. McCammon
The elephants in Africa are dying every single day, probably being murdered by farmers, hunters and smugglers. Perhaps, when the forests and wild animal territories in Botswana, Africa were acquired by humans and claimed as their own, that is when the actual contamination began for all wildlife creatures; maybe that is how it will end too.
The current trends indicate that Africa will probably suffer the loss of most of its rare fauna in the near future. After the humongous amount of wildlife trafficking that takes place, these excessive and needless deaths pose a grave security and survival problem for all wild animals. It is a global responsibility to save endangered species and those species that are on the verge of being categorized ‘endangered’. If urgent actions are not taken against people who are mercilessly killing elephants, rhinos, chimpanzees and so many other animals, there will irreparable damage we will be causing the mother earth. It is still possible to save those species and stop those elephants from dying.
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Wildlife animals can be saved. But until and unless the criminals will not be strategically captured and given harsh punishments, this massacre will continue to destroy forests and territories. iCognative™ is the next-generation forensic device that grants maximum reliability and consistency in results. With the help of this transcendent technology, Africa can reform the safety in wildlife zones and take preventive measures so that the world never has to fear losing such beautiful species ever again.
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