More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes in Botswana

By  Gogo
2020/06/14 15:18

Today's Vocabulary

1. mysterious  (adj.) 
strange, not known, or not understood

2. circumstance (n.)  
a fact or event that makes a situation the way it is

3. conservationist (n.)  
someone who works to protect the environment from the damaging effects of human activity

4. carcass (n.)  
the body of a dead animal, especially a large one that is soon to be cut up as meat or eaten by wild animals

5. cluster (n.)  
a group of similar things that are close together

6. struck down (phr.)  
If someone is struck down, they die suddenly or start to suffer from a serious illness

7. determine (v.)  
to discover the facts or truth about something

8. appalling (adj.)  
shocking and very bad

9. parasite (n.)  
an animal or plant that lives on or in another animal or plant of a different type and feeds from it

10. potential (n.)  
something’s ability to develop, achieve, or succeed

More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes in Botswana

More than 360 elephants have died in mysterious circumstances in Botswana in the past three months, according to local conservationists.

Some carcasses were found clustered around waterholes, while others appeared to have died “falling flat on their faces,” according to Niall McCann, director of conservation at United Kingdom charity National Park Rescue.

Live elephants seen nearby appeared physically weak, and one was walking in circles, unable to change direction, observers said. Other species in the area did not appear to have been affected by whatever struck down the elephants.
The Botswana government is testing samples from the dead elephants, but is yet to determine a cause of death.

“It’s appalling — we need to know what the hell is going on,” he said, adding that he couldn’t recall another time when so many elephants had died from a mystery cause.

McCann said there were a number of possibilities for what could have caused the deaths, including an elephant-specific parasite — or even Covid-19.

“What I would like to emphasize is that this has the potential to be a public health crisis,” he said.

Whatever the cause, McCann said it was important to get to the bottom of it as already the loss of elephant life was “significant globally,” he said.


1. How can we protect wild animals?

2. Why is it important to protect wildlife?

3. What do you think about zoos?

4. How do animals feel in zoos?

5. Do you think animals also have feelings like humans do why do you think so?

“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”

Steve Irwin

“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”

Steve Irwin