Sad moments snatch away joy in many lives not only in humans but also in wildlife. Out of the 62 killed elephants including babies in Hwange national park for the month of October 2015, 22 elephants where poisoned by poachers using Cyanide poison. The poachers also took three ivory tusks after the action. The national parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya told the Press the 22 dead elephants where found in the Sinamatella area of the park and they are trying to check how many elephants had fully developed tusks because babies are among those killed. She also said “The rate at which we are losing animals to cyanide is alarming. Many other species are also dying from the cyanide used by poachers to target elephants. We are appealing to people in communities close to national parks to cooperate with authorities.”
A while ago Hwange national park was a royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th Century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929 and today the park boasts a incredible selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals , nearly 400 bird species recorded and elephants are the world famous wildlife species famed for higher numbers and concentration. Many poaching incidences have been reported –showing how the wildlife lives are being claimed every day by poachers each day. In the beginning of October a massive elephant incident took place at the park which claimed 40 elephants lives in the Kariba area using cyanide put in oranges, following the current incidence which claimed 22 elephants in just a short while.
The same scenario happed in in 2013 where more than 200 elephants died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange. Washaya-Moyo said the parks agency is hoping that trained dogs from South Africa and the deployment of drones will help tighten monitoring of the vast park in the west of this wildlife-rich country. On Monday, the national parks also announced that over the weekend authorities at Harare International Airport seized 173 kilograms (380 pounds) of ivory worth $43,250 that was about to be smuggled to Singapore. Four people were arrested 3 from Zimbabwe and one from Milani to face charges of the ilega wildlife action. However conservation should be every ones responsibility in order to increase wildlife not only for the future generation but for great tourism sustainable development all over Africa.