Due to an anthrax outbreak over the past few weeks in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park in the lower Zambezi Valley more than 165 animals have died. According to the RSOE EDIS Emergency and Disaster Information Service, the death of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and kudus was confirmed by ZimParks public relations manager Ms Caroline Washaya-Moyo.
The most affected areas in the Mana Pools National Park are Chikwenya and Sapi, which are located on the shoreline as well as islands near Mana Pools.
Lab testing of samples from the dead game confirmed in the meanwhile that 88 hippos definitely died of anthrax and experts are suspecting that the death of further 45 Buffaloes, 30 elephants and two Kudus was most likely also caused by the desease.
The situation is now under control. The areas are sealed off and the carcasses of the dead animals are getting burned to prevent any further spread.