Zimbabwe poachers poison water hole with cyanide to kill elephants in Hwange National Park
Linkedin

Zimbabwe poachers poison water hole with cyanide to kill elephants in Hwange National Park

Harare : Zimbabwe | Sep 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
elephants at the water hole in Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

Poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned a water hole with cyanide in the Hwange National Park and have sawed off the tusks of 41 elephants that died after drinking the poisoned water.

The police have managed to recover 17 tusks which would be valued at $120,000.

It seems a syndicate of six poachers have hit upon this novel method without realizing the far reaching consequences which can lead to an ecological disaster.

The problem does not end there because the poisoning of the elephants have set off a chain of deaths of other animals that would feast on these carcasses and die - and, next, those other animals that consume these dead animals would, in their turn, also die.

It would be a vicious cycle that would go on for a long time because it would have,what is call the fourth generation effect due to the potency of cyanide as a poison.

Incidentally, the illegal activities connected to poaching of elephants in Africa has dramatically increased - as per a latest report, at least 25,000 elephants have been killed on the continent last year and that the illegal ivory trade had doubled since 2007.

Source : news.sky.com

A few more interesting stories -

Scientists baffled by an unidentifiable structure in the Peruvian Amazon - any links to UFOs

No US boots on the ground in Syria means Obama would take the aerial and sea routes

Oradour-sur-Glane, the French ghost town where time has stood still since 10th June 1944

Chicken swallows its owner's diamond earring - she'll have to wait eight years to get it back

Prince William gets ready to play ball in Buckingham Palace

1 of 3
Next
elephants at the water hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
elephants at the water hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (courtesy wikimedia)
prabirghose is based in Nāshik, Maharashtra, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Elephant Cyanide Poisoning Could Kill Hundreds

      Sky News
    The cyanide poisoning of 41 elephants in Zimbabwe could kill hundreds of scavenger animals that feast on their remains, police have warned. Detectives say they have broken a syndicate of six poachers who allegedly added the deadly chemical to a pool...
  • Poachers poison Zimbabwe water body, kill 41 elephants

      Zee News
    Poachers in a major Zimbabwean national park killed 41 elephants by poisoning with deadly chemical cyanide the pools the animals drank from, a media report said. Police have arrested six suspects and feared that their "very cruel" method of poaching...
  • Zimbabwe: 6 arrested for poisoning 41 elephants

      The Sacramento Bee
    Zimbabwean police say they arrested six men accused of killing 41 elephants with cyanide. State media reported Friday that police official Muyambirwa Muzzah said rangers followed the tracks in the southwestern Hwange National Park that led to several...
  • Poachers poison Zimbabwe elephants

    Zimbabwe elephants poisoned by poachers in Hwange There has been a rise in elephant poaching in some African countries Poachers have used poison to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, an official has told the BBC. Zimbabwe Parks...
  • Prince William: I dream of Africa

    Dreaming of Africa is one way that Prince William escapes from the stresses he faces as the future king of Britain. "I regularly daydream," The Duke of Cambridge reveals in the documentary "Prince William's Passion: New Hope, New Father." "Africa is...
  • Africa: Rebels Turn to Ivory Trade

      All Africa
    Rebel groups in central Africa have joined the trade.They are killing elephants and sell their tusks to get money for better weapons. "Poaching and the potential connections to other criminal and terrorist activities are a serious threat to peace and...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.