Poachers killed 26 elephants using cyanide at two locations within Zimbabwe’s biggest game reserve, prompting wildlife officials to buy drones and import anti-poaching dogs, the head of the country’s wildlife body said.
“So far we’ve been to two sights, with 26 elephants poisoned with cyanide,’’ Alvin Ncube, the chairman of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife, told reporters at Hwange National Park. A further 14 of the animals were poisoned last week, he said.
Authorities will deploy drones this month to assist in monitoring the park, Ncube said. “We are also buying specially trained Belgian Shepherd dogs from South Africa, which will be working with law enforcement agencies.”