Pictures: Elephants poisoning

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Elephant poachers have now become sophisticated to the extent of resorting to using poison to kill the jumbos. Last week three of the eight suspected poachers who were arrested for poisoning water ponds in the Hwange National Park resulting in the death of about 81 elephants were jailed for between 15 and 16 years each.

Below are pictures of the remains of the elephants:

Patrick Sibanda a senior wildlife officer with the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority looks at the remains of the poisoned elephants at Hwange National Parks on Sunday. All pictures: Aaron Ufumeli
Patrick Sibanda a senior wildlife officer with the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority looks at the remains of the poisoned elephants at Hwange National Parks on Sunday. All pictures: Aaron Ufumeli

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23 COMMENTS

  1. This is so sad and unforgivable.How can mankind be so greedy.Hope the porchers will get the punishment they duely deserve

    • There is more to this gruesome activity than meets the eye, firstly deal with the lucrative market/states abroad that are bank rolling these gooks’ activities (inter-state cooperation). There is need for a concented effort to seal off the parks to civilians by involving sister security organs in beefing up security and staff. There is not much we can do on the financial constraints owing to illegal sanctions but for now lets salvage every single dollar towards this conservation effort. Lastly but not least our esteemed legislators should humbly consider revising sentences for poaching, rape, etc upwards for they are not deterent enough. Remember its not only the recorded 91 jumbos that were maimed, the whole ecosysted is involved.

  2. Too true brother man,what needs to be done though is to ensure that people get tangible benefits from their natural resources so that they dont resort to such cruel means for their livelihood.You will realise that the greed is also fuelled by those who already have resources to pay these poachers.Any suggestios on how to tackl this issue should not be based on only punishing these guys but also on eradicating the root cause

  3. These poarchers must get death sentence,and we also need to know the real source there mighty be a bigwig behind.

  4. In Kruger National Park the law is that no civilians should be seen loitering. If found walking they just shoot to kill. Many Mozambicans have been killed and this is different with the Zimbabwean team in Gonarezhou. The soldiers spend three to four days tracking poachers until they catch them-sometimes risking their lives.Imagine a game ranger being given a death sentence for killing a poacher! What is this? Someone big is behind the death of these animals. If the new government wants to be clean they must not leave any stone unturned. Pane rize pasi pematombo ayo hamawe!

    • Iwe Hungwe !!! What brand are you smoking !! We can’t pay teachers ?? Later on drones ….. Mbanje chete !!!

  5. Our children will be flying to South America to see these animals. Cant they extensify the security? Cant the state budget more for that? It is sad. They should be given life in prison just for the ones who want to start that job to know and learn.

  6. Death sentence. Also reward huge money to border/customs officers for every horn confiscated. This is a despeakable offence against nature. The guysdeserve to die. A life for a life

  7. this kind of cruelity to animals is to some extent sabotage,well calculated one,these poachers need to be followed even across borders to face justice..But as a law abiding citizen iam against some comments that are thrown emotionally,such as no civilian should be seen in these parks,if seen “shoot to kill”.there are laws that govern the country,no one can kill a human just like that unless if they are resisting arrest or exchanging fire.The courts are the ones mandated to prove someone guilty or innocent.If you just shoot to kill,well you are on your job,but the courts might need concrete evidence that the dead was really a poacher from you.failer to produce such,the law takes its way.pasi nema porcher asizve tisave trigger happy.

  8. Changlong11 I agree with shumba. It’s about time you stopped blaming all the government failures on sanctions. There are no sanctions against this country, only against mugs and hid croneys travel plans, that’s why he is so pis*ed off. You must be one of those zpf wanke*s to write such nonsense.

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