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POISONING SUSPECTED IN A CASE OF 40 DEAD VULTURES IN THE RAKOPS AREA

Written by on October 30, 2020

A Conservation group, Raptors Botswana, says at least 40 vultures may have been poisoned, the latest victims of a mass poisoning in the country in recent months. Vultures play a critical role in keeping ecosystems clean from diseases found in rotting carcasses.

In Southern Africa, they are sometimes poisoned deliberately by poachers, or accidentally by farmers. Dozens of mostly white-backed vultures were spotted by the group lying dead beside a river or being burned to prevent further poisoning.

The group said the poisoning was reported by a farmer in the Rakops area. In recent months the government conceded that over 200 elephants were killed en-masse by bacteria or bolele in the Okavango area.

📷 africageographic.com