|Hwange National Park|
Beyond the destruction of the animals themselves scientists are expressing concerns over the possibility of a 'spiral-effect' resulting from this incident. The cyanide-laden animal remains are fed upon by many carnivores in the park, including lions and vultures, which will likely be poisoned themselves.
Poachers have been using such vile tactics for years, and Zimbabwe's Hwange has always been a target for those in the illegal trade. There has been speculation that well-connected Zim cartels are responsible for this latest incident, though no definitive proof has been provided. The park, which Authority in the African nation considers a national treasure, has some of the planet's largest herds of this particular species of elephant.