05 Sep '13, 10pm

Poachers poison watering holes with cyanide, killing 41 African elephants

Armed with guns and machetes, poachers have managed to decimate Africa's wild elephant populations, felling one of these iconic animals every 15 minutes . But as if those weapons weren't destructive enough, poachers have now turned to a far more indiscriminate tool to kill elephants -- poison. Police in northern Zimbabwe are reporting that they recently apprehended a group of poachers possessing a large quantity of tusks taken from elephants on the grounds of Hwange National Park . Instead of using high-powered rifles to kill the animals, however, Chief Inspector Muyambirwa Muzzah says that the poachers their laced watering holes with cyanide. Unfortunately, such broadly applied poison can easily lead to wildlife fatalities beyond its intended targets. “What they were doing is very cruel because it does not end with the death of the elephants. We have what we call the four...

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