Convict Poachers Who Poisoned Over 100 Elephants

Elephants in their natural habitat.

Target: Mr. L Nhidza, Investigations and Security Manager of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority

Goal: Demand the conviction of poachers who poisoned and killed over 100 elephants with cyanide

Eight poachers have figured out a new and disturbing way to kill elephants, choosing to poison them with cyanide.  So far, one hundred elephants have died just in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.  Still worse is that the poisoning, although aimed for the elephants, is harming other animals in the vicinity.  Now hundreds more animals are in danger.  These poachers must be caught and brought to justice.

The new method poachers are using to kill the elephants is to place cyanide-laced salts around the watering holes where they drink.  Soon after eating the salts, the elephants fall over and endure an agonizing death while poachers extract their tusks.  The death toll of the elephants is expected to rise, as police believe that there may be more elephant carcasses within the park that have not yet been found.  More dead animals and birds are sure to follow, as they end up feeding on the dead elephants, also ingesting the deadly poison.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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