81 elephants die of poisoning in Zimbabwe: Authorities
HARARE (AFP) - More than 80 elephants and other animals have died of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Zimbabwe's largest game park, wildlife authorities said on Tuesday.
The announcement came after a group of government experts visited Hwange National Park on Saturday to investigate reports of cyanide poisoning.
"When we left Hwange National Park on Sunday, the total number of elephants that had died from cyanide poisoning was 81," said Mr Jerry Gotora, a director of the Zimbabwe parks department. "Several other animals have also died, but we don't have the total number yet."
More than 25,000 elephants were poached last year, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).