Nearly 90 elephants in Zimbabwe were poisoned by poachers. On Sept. 25, MSN reported that poachers used cyanide to slaughter the mammals, adding the chemical to local water holes where the elephants would frequently drink. After the elephants fell dead, the poachers swooped in and took their tusks -- still very valuable in the economy of the world.
"Rangers in the Hwange National Park discovered the carcasses of more than 40 of the gentle giants earlier this month and they continue to find bodies in recent weeks," MSN reported. Sadly, more elephant carcasses are expected to be found over the next few weeks -- and possibly beyond.
Of the 90 elephants killed in Zimbabwe, about 50 or so tusks have been recovered. Authorities are working diligently to find out exactly what happened and how it happened. Details may help animal rights workers in the area protect these gently giants better and perhaps stay on top of poachers and what is being done to harm elephants in the area. So far, few arrests have been made -- but there are less poachers out there and that's a good thing.
"Nine Zimbabwean nationals were arrested August 29, after rangers tracked them to a cache of ivory and Washaya-Mayo said five remain in custody and police to investigate," MSN News reported.
The 90 elephants found dead in Zimbabwe may only be the tip of the iceberg. Many poachers are taking extreme measures for money... ivory tusks... and it's devastating.
© Effie Orfanides 2013