4 elephants poisoned in Hwange

THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) has beefed up its anti-poaching unit, after four jumbos were reportedly poisoned and dehorned outside the Hwange National Park last week.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

ZimParks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the jumbos’ decomposing carcasses were discovered over the weekend, amid indications of cyanide poisoning.

“The elephants were in a state of decomposition, but had already been skinned with their tusks missing. They were found just outside the park in separate places. A bucket with cyanide was discovered near one of the elephants,” he said.

“Members of the public should know that such offences attract stiff penalties.”

In October last year, 13 elephants were killed with cyanide-laced oranges and the perpetrators are still at large.

Farawo said they have increased mobile patrols in areas surrounding parks and noted that the poachers are now targeting stray elephants.

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Meanwhile, Binga residents – Markson Muleya (42) and Melo Mwembe (41) of Makamba village under Chief Sinankumba – were on Monday convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of four elephants tusks they were selling at their homesteads.

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  1. Impose even stiffer sentences for those who are hell bent on destroying our natural resources for their own financial gain.

  2. thats why Oppah said these people need to be shot in cold blood where ever there are sighted there are evil

  3. Richard Deschain

    Poisoning animals like that is just so brutally cruel and borderline sadistic. 20 years in prison is stiff enough considering the state of prisons in this country. I hope stiff penalties like these will act as a deterrent to poaching which is way getting out of control.

  4. The problem is that as much as we feel the pain for the this brutality in animals we end up having an i dont care attitude as the proceeds for the tourist atractions are never benefiting the majority but end up being used by the Mzembis to campain for personal jobs globe trotting using our moneys.

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