Poachers Pour Cyanide in Watering Holes, Kill Dozens of Elephants

The incident occurred in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

By on September 6th, 2013 20:06 GMT

41 African elephants living in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park have recently passed away after drinking contaminated water.

Local rangers say that, according to their investigations, a group of poachers is responsible for these elephants' death.

By the looks of it, the poachers used cyanide to poison the elephants' favorite watering holes, and then simply stood by waiting for them to pass away.

Once the elephants were dead, the poachers collected their tusks and tried to make a smooth and quick getaway, Tree Hugger reports.

Unfortunately for them, they were found by rangers in charge of protecting the Hwange National Park and the animals inhabiting it, and brought to a local police station.

One can only hope that they'll get the punishment they deserve.

Conservationists explain that, besides decimating Africa's elephant population, the practice of poisoning watering holes has a negative impact on several other animal species.

“Animals that feed on the dead elephants will die and those that feed on the dead animals will also die. It will go back on the food chain and hundreds of animals may end up dead,” Chief Inspector Muyambirwa Muzzah explains.

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