More than sixty African elephants and hundreds of other animals have died so far in Kenya amid the worst drought to hit the country in over a decade, conservationists announced. Since January at least 38 dead elephants have been found in the area around the Laikipia highlands and Samburu National Reserve, officials said. In addition 30 baby elephants have been reported dead so far this year in Amboseli National Park, farther south. Some of the animals died of thirst, while others starved due to lack of vegetation or succumbed to diseases or infections due to weakened immune systems, according to wildlife officials. Many of Kenya’s other iconic species—including lions, crocodiles, zebra, and wildebeests—are also suffering in drought conditions and could start dying at worrisome rates, wildlife officials say.
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