Poachers kill 41 elephants by poisoning water pools in Zimbabwe National Park
 Source : Agencies  Date : 06-Sep-2013

elephant_poached_1_230_aHarare, September 6 : ‘Greed of human does not end with the world’, says an African proverb. International poachers busy in African wild seem to be vowed to prove it correct. In a bizarre crime, poachers have killed almost an entire hoard of Elephants by poisoning water pools with deadly cyanide, where the hoard used to drink and bath. The incident in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park killed 41 elephants.

Police have arrested six suspects.

The authorities fear that the ‘very cruel’ method of poaching could threaten hundreds of animals as the poison would contaminate the entire ecological system in the 14,651 sq km Hwange National Park.

Two rotting carcasses of dehorned elephants were found, while 17 tusks, valued at $120,000, were recovered from the suspects, reported a local newspaper ‘the Chronicle’. Authorities are still searching for more carcasses while working out plans to contain the disastrous impact on the environment, the report added.

Zimbabwe is home to more than 100,000 elephants and about 700 rhinos, whose survival is often threatened by rampant poaching.

Hwange, located in northwest part of the country near Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia, is home to one of the largest population of elephants in the world.

Officials estimated that 69 elephants were killed by poachers in the area between May and August.