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Dozens of dead elephants discovered in Botswana

An aerial photograph shows the carcass of an elephant, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. An alarming number of elephant carcasses have been discovered in aerial surveys across Botswana in what has been described as a "poaching frenzy".

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An aerial photograph shows the carcass of an elephant, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. An alarming number of elephant carcasses...more

An aerial photograph shows the carcass of an elephant, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. An alarming number of elephant carcasses have been discovered in aerial surveys across Botswana in what has been described as a "poaching frenzy". REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) reacts as he inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Linyanti area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana was once known as a sanctuary for elephants, home to the world's largest elephant population. But now, conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months. They were spotted in aerials surveys with their tusks missing.

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Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) reacts as he inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Linyanti area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana was once known as a sanctuary for elephants, home to the world's largest elephant...more

Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) reacts as he inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Linyanti area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana was once known as a sanctuary for elephants, home to the world's largest elephant population. But now, conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months. They were spotted in aerials surveys with their tusks missing. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Elephants Without Borders says it has never seen so many dead elephants in one single areal survey -- counting 48 in one flight alone, the New York Times reported. The NGO says the discovery is indicative of a "poaching frenzy" in the area.


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A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Elephants Without Borders says it has never seen so many dead elephants in one single areal survey -- counting 48 in one...more

A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Elephants Without Borders says it has never seen so many dead elephants in one single areal survey -- counting 48 in one flight alone, the New York Times reported. The NGO says the discovery is indicative of a "poaching frenzy" in the area. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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The marked carcass of an elephant is seen in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks refuted the report, and said in a September 4 statement that the claims were "false and misleading" and that most of the animals had died of "natural causes".

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The marked carcass of an elephant is seen in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks refuted the report, and said in a September 4 statement that the claims were "false and misleading" and...more

The marked carcass of an elephant is seen in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks refuted the report, and said in a September 4 statement that the claims were "false and misleading" and that most of the animals had died of "natural causes". REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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An anti-poaching unit of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) react as they see the photographer in a wildlife area outside Mababe, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Churchill Collyer, deputy director of operations at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said the department had investigated EWB's claims and only found 19 carcasses, some of which had died of natural causes.

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An anti-poaching unit of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) react as they see the photographer in a wildlife area outside Mababe, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Churchill Collyer, deputy director of operations at the Department of Wildlife and National...more

An anti-poaching unit of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) react as they see the photographer in a wildlife area outside Mababe, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Churchill Collyer, deputy director of operations at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, said the department had investigated EWB's claims and only found 19 carcasses, some of which had died of natural causes. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A member of the military inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Some of the carcasses had been found without tusks because the government is permitted to remove and keep tusks from elephants which died of natural causes, according to officials.

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A member of the military inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Some of the carcasses had been found without tusks because the government is permitted to remove and keep tusks from elephants which died...more

A member of the military inspects the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. Some of the carcasses had been found without tusks because the government is permitted to remove and keep tusks from elephants which died of natural causes, according to officials. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Botswana is home to more than a third of Africa's elephant population, according to the most recent Great Elephant Census. It also notes that between 2010 and 2016, the elephant population decreased by 15 percent.


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A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Botswana is home to more than a third of Africa's elephant population, according to the most recent Great Elephant...more

A herd of elephants is seen grazing at a wildlife area outside Kasane in the northeastern corner of Botswana, September 20, 2018. Botswana is home to more than a third of Africa's elephant population, according to the most recent Great Elephant Census. It also notes that between 2010 and 2016, the elephant population decreased by 15 percent. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A Botswana military helicopter flies over a herd of elephants in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The new government, which took power in April, recently demilitarized anti-poaching units without explaining why.

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A Botswana military helicopter flies over a herd of elephants in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The new government, which took power in April, recently demilitarized anti-poaching units without explaining why. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A Botswana military helicopter flies over a herd of elephants in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The new government, which took power in April, recently demilitarized anti-poaching units without explaining why. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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An aerial photograph shows a herd of buffalo at a wildlife area in Botswana, September 20, 2018. Anti-poaching activists say the carcasses are a sign of a major spike in poaching activity, where despite existing sales bans, the money on the black market is enough to lure poachers.


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An aerial photograph shows a herd of buffalo at a wildlife area in Botswana, September 20, 2018. Anti-poaching activists say the carcasses are a sign of a major spike in poaching activity, where despite existing sales bans, the money on the black...more

An aerial photograph shows a herd of buffalo at a wildlife area in Botswana, September 20, 2018. Anti-poaching activists say the carcasses are a sign of a major spike in poaching activity, where despite existing sales bans, the money on the black market is enough to lure poachers. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) walks after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The survey is ongoing and experts warn the numbers are expected to climb.

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Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) walks after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The survey is ongoing and experts warn the numbers are expected to climb. REUTERS/Siphiwe...more

Colonel George Bogatsu of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) walks after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. The survey is ongoing and experts warn the numbers are expected to climb. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A herd of elephants leaves a drinking spot in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A herd of elephants leaves a drinking spot in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A herd of elephants leaves a drinking spot in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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A member of the military walks away after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A member of the military walks away after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A member of the military walks away after inspecting the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) are seen at Kasane airport, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) are seen at Kasane airport, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) are seen at Kasane airport, Botswana, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) look on ahead of taking off in a military aircraft in Maun, Botswana, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) look on ahead of taking off in a military aircraft in Maun, Botswana, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) look on ahead of taking off in a military aircraft in Maun, Botswana, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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