HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Four elephants have died from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe as poachers take advantage of a dry spell to contaminate remaining water sources.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo says rangers discovered the carcasses in Hwange National Park on Jan.25.
He says their ivory was missing.
The spokesman says poachers are increasingly turning to poison instead of using their noisy rifles as police and park rangers increase joint patrols.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- 2nd man dies at California home of Democratic party donor
- Crushing defeat for May's deal leaves Brexit path unclear
- Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet
- Government shutdown may upend State of the Union speech WATCH
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. Wall Street: Lawmaker wins spot on powerful House committee
Farawo says poachers also are injecting cyanide into oranges and pumpkins, which are favorites of elephants.
The southern African nation teems with elephants and other wildlife but has battled poachers for years.
Farawo says 53 elephants died from cyanide poisoning last year, lower than in previous years when hundreds of elephants died.