105 elephants have become the victims of the prolonged drought that gripped the parts of Zimbabwe, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said on Wednesday.
The death toll almost doubled since the last report in late October with the most animals dying in Mana Pools and the larger Hwange National Park.
The situation claimed to be worst in a decade has forced the peaceful giants as well as zebras, hippos, impalas, buffaloes and many other wild animals to leave their habitat in search of food and water.
“We are now forced to intervene, which is manipulative conservation, because we are not sure when and how we will receive the rain. To avoid losing animals we have to intervene to maintain population sizes,” wildlife officer Munyaradzi Dzoro stated.
While seasonal rains are expected to soon make landfall, the officials allege not so many animals will manage to see them as the water level in the local lakes and rivers has already run critically low.