Tuesday 27 October 2015

Cyanide Poisoning of elephants in Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwe parks official says that 22 more elephants have been killed by cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

This brings the number of elephants poisoned by poachers in October in this southern Africa country to 62. In early October, the parks reported three incidents in which 40 elephants were killed by cyanide poisoning. Three were killed in the Kariba area because they ate oranges laced with cyanide. The rest were killed in Hwange National Park

In 2013, more than 200 elephants died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange. Cyanide is an indiscriminate killer as, if added to a waterhole it will kill anything that drinks there. It has killed a large number of game animals and birds - and will even kill vultures if they feed off the carcasses.

Cyanide is widely used in Zimbabwe's mining industry and is easy to obtain.

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