This is terrifying and heartbreaking! At least 100 elephants killed by drought at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: At least 100 elephants die in national park amid drought
Zimbabwe: At least 100 elephants die in national park amid drought

At least 100 elephants have died in Zimbabwe’s largest national park amid a drought.

Experts from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) say the elephants died at Hwange National Park due to a lack of water.

The national park, Zimbabwe’s largest, is home to around 45,000 elephants, as well as more than 100 other types of mammals and 400 bird species.

It has 104 solar-powered boreholes to maintain sources of water for the animals.

However, park authorities say there are not enough and the boreholes are no match for extreme temperatures, which are drying up existing waterholes and forcing wildlife to walk long distances searching for food and water.

“The most affected elephants are the young, elderly and sick that can’t travel long distances to find water,” according to Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

The deaths of the elephants are a sign of what wildlife authorities and conservation groups say is the impact of climate change and the El Nino weather phenomenon.

“El Nino is making an already dire situation worse,” according to Mr Farawo.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says the elephants died at Hwange National Park due to a lack of water.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says the elephants died at Hwange National Park due to a lack of water.

El Nino is a natural and recurring weather phenomenon that warms parts of the Pacific, affecting weather patterns around the world.

It occurs every few years, in a cycle with its opposite phenomenon, La Nina, which sees episodes of cooler-than-average sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific.

The pattern typically lasts 12 months and peaks in December.

However, studies indicate that climate change may be making El Ninos stronger, leading to more extreme consequences.

While this year’s El Nino has already brought deadly floods to East Africa, it is expected to cause below-average rainfall across southern Africa.

In Zimbabwe, there has been a recent spell of rising heat and a scarcity of rain. And, while some rain has now fallen, the forecasts are generally for a dry, hot summer ahead.

Authorities fear a repeat of 2019 – another El Nino year – when more than 200 elephants in Hwange died in a severe drought.

“This phenomenon is recurring,” said Phillip Kuvawoga, a landscape programme director at IFAW, which raised the alarm for Hwange’s elephants in a report this month.

Zimbabwe’s rainy season once started reliably in October and ran through to March.

However, it has become erratic in recent years and conservationists have noticed longer, more severe dry spells.

“Our region will have significantly less rainfall, so the dry spell could return soon because of El Nino,” said Trevor Lane, director of The Bhejane Trust, a conservation group which assists Zimbabwe’s parks agency.

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is home to 45,000 elephants.
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is home to 45,000 elephants. Picture from 2018: Edwin Remsberg

He said his organisation had been pumping 1.5 million litres of water into Hwange’s waterholes daily from more than 50 boreholes it manages in partnership with park authorities.

Hwange does not have a major river flowing through it and relies on around 100 solar-powered boreholes that pump water for the animals.

An average-sized elephant needs a daily water intake of about 200 liters.

The oldest female elephants remember the locations of water sources they have visited before and can lead their herd hundreds of miles to them. [Sky]

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1 Comment

  1. Knowing that these droughts are CREATED by the wicked makes this heartbreaking tragedy intensely enraging as well as staggeringly sad. Such majestic and wonderful creatures are the elephants and so adorable as babies. I love all animals. Their innocence is what attracts me to them. Their little hearts and souls emanate the Peace and Love of God and when they look at you in the eyes, you can see that there is somebody in there! Their eyes in many cases show the Love from which they were created. But that’s not the end for these innocent animals. We learn from Romans 8:21 (parentheses & emphasis mine) that,

    “Because the CREATURE (singular) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” King James Authorized Version of 1611

    It’s so painfully obvious, yet mostly ignored, even by those claiming to be born again Christians, that the new versions have completely changed the meaning of this verse by using the word CREATION (plural) in place of the singular, CREATURE. Why would this be??? So very many changes like this can be found in the new versions, changes that completely and often reverse the original meaning. See for yourself…

    While you’re looking at that, check out this one from Revelation 1:6 “And [Jesus] hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”. That clearly meaning God (Jesus) and His Father. ALL new versions CHANGE that drastically. “He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father.” ibid NLT or New Living Translation (how ironically named) Just thought I’d put this up for anyone interested. Just click this link to see how blatant this is!

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