Last month, we reported that poachers were killing elephants using cyanide in Zimbabwe's 5,660-square mile Hwange National Park, killing at least 41. Sadly, as terrible as that was, it wasn't nearly the whole extent of the horror: Since then, legit hunters have brought new information about the carnage, providing evidence from wide aerial surveys showing that more than 300 elephants were poisoned by poachers.
Parts of the national park, whose more accessible areas are visited by thousands of tourists each year, can be seen from the air to be littered with the deflated corpses of elephants, often with their young calves dead beside them, as well as those of other animals. There is now deep concern that the use of cyanide first revealed in July, but on a scale that has only now emerged represents a new and particularly damaging technique in the already soaring poaching trade. ( source )
After the elephants died, often collapsing just a few yards from the source, lions, hyenas and vultures which fed on their carcasses were also struck down, as were other animals such as kudu and buffalo that shared the same waterholes.
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