Scientists have recently managed to unravel the mysterious deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana.
Initially, scientists thought that anthrax may be the cause of the deaths, but after a comprehensive investigation, a new study has found the specific cause to be toxic algae.
The researchers found high levels of cyanobacterial neurotoxins in the elephants’ water sources. The findings conclude that the toxic algae was responsible for the mass elephant deaths over the last two years.
These toxins can cause disturbances in the normal function of the central nervous system and enter the body through environmental contact.
The study suggested further research into the presence of toxins in other water sources to understand the environmental and wildlife health risks posed by the toxin. Additionally, experts suggest more awareness of the environment to limit the contamination of water sources.