The watering holes in five game reserves in Zimbabwe have recently been poisoned by poachers, resulting in the death of 9 elephants, 5 lions, 2 buffaloes and some vultures as well. Poachers are being blamed as the culprits of the poisonings since the tusks have been cut off the elephant's carcasses. Park authorities are investigating the poisoning in the affected reserves. From AFP .
In July, 10 suspects were arrested for poaching and unlawful possession of rhino horns and elephant tusks. The group allegedly wanted to sell them to a Chinese buyer.
Ten rhinos have been killed by poachers so far this year. The crime is driven by booming demand for rhino horn in Asia where it is believed to have medicinal properties despite ample scientific evidence to the contrary.