Zimbabwe's Wildlife Severely Affected By Dry Weather

The effects of climate change are continuously being felt around the world, with climate experts and scientists predicting that these effects will only get worse as time goes by. Perhaps the biggest effect out of this is the heat itself, which has already melted some of the ice from the North and South poles, and continues to affect people in different countries.

However, while humans themselves suffer, no living being on this Earth are more affected than the wildlife, which sadly, does not have the same conveniences that we use to fight off the warm weather. When weather is hot, weather is hot, regardless of what part in the world you live in, and this is especially getting worse in drier regions.

Take for example, Zimbabwe, whose wildlife is slowly dying out due to lack of food and of course, severely hot weather.

Dying Wildlife

Long ago, Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park is blessed with long-lasting pools of water that feed and sustain all of its wildlife inhabitants. Cut to 2019, however, and some of perennial pools are now dry bed of dusts, and even the rainy season can’t fill them up anymore. Once home to elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses and other types of animals, the 2,196-square kilometer wildlife reserve is fast becoming a graveyard for these species. In fact, according to a report made by the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, at least 105 elephants have died in Zimbabwe’s wildlife areas recently, most of them happening in Mana.

“It’s beginning to be serious. It might be worse if we fail to receive rains by early November,” Munyaradzi Dzoro, a parks agency wildlife officer, said. Dzoro added that

the last major rainfall came back in April, which is already a few months ago.

According to him, when the pools have not turned to dry beds yet, they become muddy areas, which are actually dangerous for animals that are trying to reach the so-called Long Pool, which is a five-kilometer watering hole, and is one of the last few remaining in the region.

According to experts, if this drought continues, bigger consequences will come in the future.

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