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More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory by poachers who used cyanide to poison a water hole in Zimbabwe's largest game park.
Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi confirmed the toll on Tuesday after touring Hwange National Park.
Wildlife department officials said the chemical also killed smaller animals and predators which feed on them.
reply to post by wiser3
However, generally they cut the horns/tusks off once they have shot and killed the Rhino or Elephant.
edit on 27-9-2013 by Rodinus because: Phrase added
Pardon my ignorance, but why IS there a market for these tusks?
What possible use of ivory could justify the murder of these noble creatures?
Thank you in advance for educating me!edit on 2013/9/27 by Metallicus because: sp