The poachers laced salt with cyanide and put it around large pools where the elephants normally went to drink water. When they died their tusks would then be cut off and taken back to their homes.
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Animal rights groups in Zimbabwe are fighting to stop more of their country’s baby elephants from being taken from the wild and sold to zoos in China, which pay handsomely for these animals from Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped national parks.
According to a statement issued by Department of Environmental Affairs, 208 suspects have been arrested in South Africa for rhino crimes. The death toll so far has been 467 rhinos in the last 295 days.
Members of the police’s dog unit raided the luxurious house of controversial professional hunter and game farmer Hugo Ras in Magalieskruin in the early hours of Saturday morning following information received during the week.
In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. 22 dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.