22 more elephants found poisoned with cyanide in Zimbabwe

22 more elephants found poisoned with cyanide in Zimbabwe

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A total of 22 elephants have been found dead after being poisoned with cyanide in western Zimbabwe, bringing to 62 the number of pachyderms poisoned in the last month to obtain their ivory, government and conservation sources reported today.

They are the latest victims of a growing plague of elephants poisoned by poachers interested in seizing their tusks for the illegal ivory trade, according to the same sources.

Some of the animals that have lost their lives in Hwange National Park were so young that they still had no tusks, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo told state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting. Corporation (ZBC).

"The guards of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority have recovered 35 tusks from 22 poisoned elephants, while poachers took three," said Washaya-Moyo.

Most of the 62 elephants poisoned with cyanide since last month have been found in Hwange, Zimbabwe's main nature reserve and former home of Cecil, one of the most popular lions in the South African country, who was killed by an American dentist on last july.

Five people were arrested last month in connection with another episode of poisoning.

The poison reportedly reached Hwange through an intermediary who purchased the chemical from a mine in southern Zimbabwe, according to the conservation group Bhejane Trust, which operates in the Hwange reserve and nearby Victoria Falls.

"The intermediary fled just before he could be detained," the foundation said in a statement.

Up to 300 elephants were poisoned with cyanide in and around the natural park in 2013, but the deaths stopped after heavy police intervention.


Video: One monster elephant that survived the unthinkable. Saved by the Wildlife team (June 2022).