24 Nov '11, 3am

Heat wave kills more than 77 elephants in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - More than 77 elephants have died in a three-month heat wave that has dried up watering holes in western Zimbabwe, wildlife authorities said on Wednesday. Rangers in the Hwange National Park have counted 18 calves and 21 adolescent elephants among the dead animals, the state Parks and Wildlife Authority said in statement. Elephant carcasses were found mainly in large areas of bush surrounding three tourism and conservation camps in Zimbabwe's biggest nature preserve. Since September, Hwange National Park has seen temperatures soar to above 40 deg C, far higher than annual averages. 'Our information is that animals are dying of thirst right across the park,' said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The Hwange National Park has no year-round rivers and little natural surface water, making it dependent on wells su...

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