Thursday, 8 October 2015

Suspected poachers 'kill 14 elephants with cyanide' in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's wildlife agency investigates suspicious deaths of elephants in Hwange national park - which was home to Cecil the lion

By Our Foreign Staff

8:01PM BST 06 Oct 2015

Suspected poachers used cyanide to kill 14 elephants in Zimbabwe's western Hwange national park and in the north since Sept 26, the national wildlife agency said on Tuesday

Hwange, home of Zimbabwe's most famous lion Cecil who was killed by an American dentist in July, holds 53,000 elephants, twice the park's carrying capacity, the park's agency says.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Mamagement Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said six elephants were killed on Sept. 26 inside Hwange park and their tusks were removed.

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