Poachers in a major Zimbabwean national park have reportedly killed 41 elephants by poisoning with deadly chemical cyanide the pools the animals drank from, a media report said.
Police say ,the “very cruel” method of poaching in the 14,651 sq km Hwange National Park could threaten hundreds of animals as the poison would contaminate the entire ecological system.
So far ,six suspects have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police to aid in investigations.
Two rotting carcasses of dehorned elephants were found, while 17 tusks, valued at $120,000, were recovered from the suspects, Xinhua reported citing a report in the Chronicle newspaper.
Zimbabwe is home to more than 100,000 elephants and about 700 rhinos, whose survival is often threatened by rampant poaching.