Anthrax outbreak in the north of KNP

Close up of a Roan Antelope.


In August, 30 carcasses of roan antelopes were discovered at the Kruger National Park's (KNP) Capricorn Rare antelope enclosure in the northern part of the park around Mopani camp area. The animals are believed to have died from yet another outbreak of anthrax disease in the park like it normally happens from time to time during this time of the year.

"Roan antelopes are some of the rare species in the park and having lost 30 animals will have a very serious impact on the total population which is estimated at about less than 100 animals in the whole park. Rangers are on the ground monitoring the situation and will from time to time report back on their findings" said the KNP's head of department: public relations and communication; Mr William Mabasa.

Anthrax it's a bacterial fatal disease, which is very dangerous to both animals and human beings. People are advised not to touch any carcass found in the Park, instead if they see any carcasses, they should report it to the nearest camp.



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