Zim­babwe ele­phants poi­soned

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

Nine adult ele­phants and a calf have been poi­soned with cyanide around Zim­babwe’s largest wildlife area, the govern­ment’s Hwange Na­tional Park.

Four of the poi­soned ele­phants died near the south of the park and their tusks were taken. The others, in­clud­ing a mother and her calf, were found fur­ther north. Poach­ers had not yet re­turned to hack out their tusks.

Trevor Lane from the Bhe­jane Trust, which mon­i­tors wildlife ac­tiv­ity, said yes­ter­day that govern­ment rangers were fol­low­ing up.

“The poach­ers left buck­ets with cyanide mixed with salt which have been re­cov­ered,” he said.

“Some vul­tures will have been poi­soned as well. We should ex­pect more poach­ing this year be­cause peo­ple are so poor in this bad eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.” – Peta Thorny­croft

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