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Haven t you herd? It s World Elephant Day! © Juan-Carlos Munoz/Minden PicturesJoin Our GIFs Group
Maybe this shot reminds you of that scene in "The Jungle Book" where a regiment of elephants thunders through India"s dense brush. We"re actually looking down at the wetlands of Botswana, a country that boasts a pachyderm population of 130,000—more elephants than any other nation. Unfortunately, herds here in the Okavango Delta have been hit hard recently: Mysterious die-offs in 2020 claimed about 350 local African bush elephants—and the deaths have continued, albeit at a lesser rate. Though the problem is still being studied, it"s theorized that high water temps gave rise to poisonous algae blooms in the animals" watering holes.