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Pestilence and Disease

Off all the diseases in the world only two have been eradicated through human effort, smallpox and rinderpest (cattle-plague).

Rinderpest is an infectious viral disease of cattle and some other species of even-toed ungulates, including buffaloes and large antelopes.

Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) at rest, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa.


In the 1890s a rinderpest epidemic swept through Africa and destroyed large portions of the wild life and domestic cattle. In South Africa alone 2,500,000 head of cattle was lost due to this disease.

Partial Kudu skull, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa.

Photos taken in the Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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