Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is handling investigations to ascertain the cause of death of eleven elephants in Pandamasue Forest located between Hwange and Victoria Falls.
The country has the world’s second-largest population of elephants estimated at around 85 000. Authorities are conducting tests to establish the cause of death of eleven elephants in Pandamasue with preceding investigations having ruled out poaching and cyanide poisoning.
Zimparks Public Relations Manager Tinashe Farawo confirmed that samples taken from the carcasses had been sent to local laboratories for further investigations with results expected to be released soon.
“We can confirm that eleven elephants were found dead in Pandamasue Forest between Hwange and Victoria Falls. We are investigating the cause of death, but we have already ruled out poaching and cyanide poisoning.”
The death of eleven elephants in Zimbabwe comes at a time neighbouring Botswana is still to establish the cause of mysterious death of 281 elephants in the Okavango Delta.