Death in the Bush

Hammer, Joshua
December 2005
Bulletin with Newsweek;12/6/2005, Vol. 123 Issue 6499, p42
The article focuses on the wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Only a few months ago, the acacia groves, savanna grass and mopane scrub ran thick with wildlife. But now a visitor can drive for miles without seeing anything alive. There's plenty of death, though. A few miles beyond headquarters, the corpses of two male elephants rot in the heat, not far from a watering hole that dried up in October. Across Hwange, a world-renowned wildlife reserve half the size of Belgium, impala, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, leopard and elephant have been roaming the bush this season on a desperate--and often futile--search for sustenance. The worst drought to hit southern Africa in years is partly responsible for their plight.


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