Poachers killed 41 elephants by poisoning drinking water pools in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park with cyanide, a media report said. Police have arrested six suspects and fear that their “very cruel” method of poaching in the 14,651 sq.km. National Park could threaten hundreds of animals as the poison would contaminate the entire ecological system. Hwange, located in northwest part of the country near Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia, is home to one of the largest population of elephants in the world. Officials estimated that 69 elephants were killed by poachers in the area between May and August.
Updated: September 6, 2013 23:51 IST