>> 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 in just the last few months. They were spotted in aerial surveys with their tusks missing. Elephants Without Borders says it has never seen so many dead elephants in one single aerial 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. The new government, which took power in April, recently demilitarized anti-poaching units without explaining why. Anti-poaching activists say it's 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.
The survey is ongoing, and experts warn that the numbers are expected to climb.