26 more Zim elephants dead from cyanide poisoning

Cyanide killings are spreading after 26 more elephants were found poisoned in the Hwange National Park.

Picture: Conservation Action Trust.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's cyanide killings are spreading after at least 26 more elephants were found poisoned in the Hwange National Park.

Two years ago, poachers killed more than 100 elephants with cyanide in Hwange.

Now this cruel practice is back to haunt conservationists.

The elephants were found dead in two separate areas in Hwange National Park.

The Chronicle states that a kilogram of cyanide was also found.

The independent Bhejane Trust is also reporting on the discovery of nine elephant carcasses.

It's not clear if these are part of the state wildlife authority's toll of 26, or if they represent yet more cyanide fatalities.

These attacks began last month in Kariba and Hwange.

They are bringing back fears of a repeat of the 2013 tragedy, when more than 100 elephants were killed in the national park.