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
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