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Conservationist Iain Douglas-Hamilton stands near the body of an elephant, found in August 2009 and likely a victim of Kenya
Conservationist Iain Douglas-Hamilton stands near the body of an elephant, found in August 2009 and likely a victim of Kenya's worst drought in more than a decade.


2009-09-21 - Nairobi, Kenya
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. So-called "long rains" that usually fall in March and April failed this year, and some areas have now been in drought conditions for almost three years. No one knows why the drought has been so bad. Many attribute it to global warming, but others say it is simply part of the long-term weather cycle in East Africa.



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