Zim poachers using cyanide

At least 41 elephants are reported to have been killed with the poison in Zimbabwe.

At least 41 elephants are reported to have been killed with the poison in Zimbabwe. Picture: animal.nationalgeographic.com

HARARE - Reports from western Zimbabwe say poachers have used salt laced with cyanide to kill elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

Conservationists say the use of poison in poaching is a growing menace to the country's wildlife populations.

A police spokesman told the state-run _Chronicle _newspaper that a six-man gang of poachers was behind the latest killings.

He says they put salt mixed with the deadly poison at watering holes used by elephants.

So far, 41 elephants are reported to have been killed with the poison, although more carcasses may still be found.

Police and game rangers managed to track down and arrest the poachers in the nearby Tsholotsho farming district.

Ivory worth R1.2 million was also seized.