Elephants killed in Gonarezhou

elephantsHARARE - The carcasses of 10 elephants have been discovered at Gonarezhou National Park in Chiredzi.

Sources at the national park said that poachers were responsible for the killings as an ammunition cartridge and a hacksaw were found at the scene. “Ten elephants were killed by poachers and there is a serious manhunt for the men underway. It’s the biggest number of elephants killed in one illegal hunt so far,” said an official at the national park.

The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Francis Nhema, is also aware of the situation and he blames the increase in poaching on national parks workers assisting the criminals. “There is no way such a big crime can go on without an inside man. I wont be surprised to discover that someone from the parks and wildlife had a hand in this,” he said. Although poaching is rampant at all national parks, the recent incident is serious and Nhema called for urgent action. The poaching is becoming more rampant at a time when the communities living close to Gonarezhou say crops have been destroyed by stray elephants.

The Chitsa community of Chiredzi has been refusing to vacate the area close to Gonarezhou to pave way for the development of the Transfrontier Park that will incorporate the Gaza and the Kruger national parks.

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