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July 07, 2020 - Deutsche Welle

What the sudden elephant deaths in Botswana could mean to the species

What the sudden elephant deaths in Botswana could mean to the species
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Hundreds of sudden elephant deaths in Botswana aren't just a loss for the ecosystem and global conservation efforts. Their departures will likely be noticed by other elephants; a species with a curious response to death.

When an elephant dies in the wild, it's not uncommon to later find its bones scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.

That's one way you can tell other elephants have passed through the area, says George Wittemyer, a wildlife conservation biologist at Colorado State University who's been researching African elephants in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve for more than 20 years.

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