Sikkim is a hilly State in north-east India. Surrounded by villages that attracts outsiders thanks to its soothing calmness and natural beauty.
Zimbabwe, another 22 elephants poisoned with cyanide
Continua la strage di elefanti, sale a 62 il numero di pachidermi uccisi a ottobre nel parco nazionale di Hwange.
The number of elephants (Loxodonta africana) killed in one month in Zimbabwe, in the Hwange National Park (where also Cecil the lion was killed), rises to 62. The latest victims, cubs included, date back to only few days ago: they have been poisoned with cyanide injected in oranges.
“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,” said national park’s spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo. “We are appealing to people in communities close to national parks to cooperate with authorities.”
The Hwange National Park, boasting one of the continent’s highest elephant concentrations, risks losing one of its iconic species. In 2013, over 200 elephants have been poisoned for their ivory. Ivory illegal trade generates a global turnover of 23 billion dollars each year.
Last year, five poachers have been sentenced, with 4 to 14 years in jail, for having poisoned some pools of water in the reserve of Ngamo Safaris.
Earnings are high and sentences are probably not enough to curb the scourge of poaching, responsible for the killing of hundreds of elephants and rhinoceroses every year, which ivory is smuggled in Asian countries.
Hwange National Park’s spokeswoman hopes that trained dogs coming from South Africa and the increasing number of drones could contribute to effectively protect wildlife.
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