Elephants feel the heat

Kenyans see spike in elephant deaths

Photo courtesy of u.s. department of agriculture

More than 100 elephants have died in Kenya in the past year, according to National Geographic.

The deaths likely are to due to a severe drought that may have been caused, in part, by climate change. The drought reportedly is the worst the country has seen in 12 years.

The high number of elephant deaths may also be due to poachers, who illegally trade and sell the animals’ ivory. Other than humans, elephants have no predators.

Kenya’s wildlife attracts millions of tourists per year, and as the drought continues, conservationists will keep an eye on other native species. High temperatures have caused grasslands and rivers that once provided the country’s wildlife with food and water to dry up.