“It’s a game of elimination where we start testing the most common causes and then move on to the less common ones. We then have to verify and corroborate these results from different laboratory tests. We are hoping to provide a more concrete update tomorrow,” Taolo added.
In early July, wildlife experts found elephant carcasses in the Okavango Panhandle region. The investigators dismissed poaching as the cause after finding the tusks in the remains. About 300 specimens have died.
Experts estimate Africa’s elephant population near 350,000, but the figure can be lower due to habitat’s invasion and illegal hunting. Botswana houses about a third, but after lifting hunting’s ban, the specie is under severe risk.