11 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning in Zim

Investigations are underway after the animals were killed at Hwange National Park.

The dead elephants were found at two different sites, one near Hwange Main Camp and the other just outside. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Conservationists in Zimbabwe say 11 elephants have been killed at Hwange National Park.

Its understood cyanide was used to kill the large herd.

Two years ago, the deadly poison was also used to poison 100 elephants.

The dead elephants were found at two different sites, one near Hwange Main Camp and the other just outside.

Conservationists suspect that cyanide was used to kill the animals in Hwange.

In a similar case two years ago, poachers used the chemical to kill more than a hundred elephants at salt licks and water pans.

There's been no official confirmation of this latest incident by the country's national parks authority, but sources say investigations are underway.