BDF, DWNP descend on Seronga as elephant deaths near 300

Death in the Delta: Some of the dead elephants spotted by researchers
Death in the Delta: Some of the dead elephants spotted by researchers

A high-powered delegation comprising seniors within the Wildlife Department and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is reportedly touring the Seronga area, inspecting elephant death sites, as the mystery around the mortalities remains unsolved.

In a statement yesterday afternoon, the Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Ministry said 275 carcasses had been found although there were up to 356 reported cases. Since the first official carcass was found near Seronga on May 11, the numbers of dead elephants in villages around the eastern Okavango panhandle have risen in leaps and bounds, from 56 at some point, to 170 a few weeks later to the latest numbers.

Authoritative sources told Mmegi yesterday that the high-powered delegation landed in Gunitshoga, about 20 kilometres from Seronga over the weekend and carried out interviews with villagers.

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