83 Hippos Die in African Game Park

At least 83 hippopotamuses have been poisoned by anthrax at Uganda's most visited game reserve.

The hippo deaths occurred at Queen Elizabeth National Park, a popular safari destination, where the deadly bacteria has been found living in soil surrounding a small lake, AFP reports.

The bacteria can be contracted by wildlife through open wounds and is also spread by feeding vultures and big cats.

In a similar incident in 2004, more than 300 hippos died from anthrax poisoning.

Tom Okello, area conservation manager for the park, tells AFP that lessons were learned in the earlier incident and officials are close to containing the current problem.

The poisonous bacteria is not near any areas tourists visit, Okello says.

Located in western Uganda, the park is known for its population of 95 mammal species and 615 species of birds, as well as volcanic features including crater lakes.

Photo, Graham Racher, Flickr
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