EWN (South Africa)
PARTS OF ZIM NATIONAL PARK CONTAMINATED WITH CYANIDE
Cyanide is becoming a favourite weapon of poachers, especially in the north-west of the country; poacher used cyanide to kill October 13 elephants.
Eyewitness News | one day ago
HARARE – Parks rangers in Zimbabwe are on high alert after they found four areas in the Hwange National Park contaminated with cyanide.
Late last month, the carcasses of four poisoned elephants were found just outside the park which is the country’s prime game reserve.
The four elephants were found dead outside the park boundary, skinned and with their tusks missing.
A bucket of cyanide was found near one of the dead elephants.
Zimbabwe’s national parks authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told Thursday’s state-run Chronicle that these areas are now being decontaminated by officials from the Environmental Management Agency.
Cyanide is becoming a favourite weapon of poachers, especially in the north-west of the country; last October 13 elephants were killed after poachers used cyanide to poison a salt lick near Victoria Falls.