Deadly bacteria may be the culprit behind mysterious elephant die-off

A deadly bacterium has been found in the bodies of six African savanna elephants that mysteriously died off in Zimbabwe in 2020. At the time, the carcasses of 35 African elephants (Loxodonta africana) were found scattered across the north of the country. 

The bacteria may explain the recent elephant die-off, as well as one in neighboring Botswana, researchers reported Oct. 25 in the journal Nature Communications