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Three wild elephants die in one week

The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre on Thursday requested an official probe into the deaths of three wild elephants in the Central Highlands district of Ea Sup during the final week of March.

A 2-tonne male elephant was found dead on March 31 with many parts of its body missing in Ea Bung Commune. The body of a 4-year-old elephant, weighing some 500kg, was discovered on the same day in Cu M'lanh while five days later a 5-month-old animal was found dead in the same area.

The lives of elephants have been critically affected by deforestation for agriculture, said the centre's director Huynh Trung Luan.