Harare: A Zimbabwe parks official says that 22 more elephants have been killed by cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said on Monday that that the dead elephants were found in the park’s Sinamatella area. This brings to 62 the number of elephants poisoned by poachers in October in this southern Africa country.
She said she does not yet know how many ivory tusks were taken from the killed elephants or if any have been recovered.
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 park.
In 2013, more than 200 elephants died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange.
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