Vultures, lions, jackals die after feeding on poached Kruger elephant

2016-03-02 16:04


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Mbombela - Kruger National Park authorities are still in shock after more than 100 vultures, two lions and two black backed jackals died after feeding on a poisoned carcass of an elephant that was poached in the park.

The reserve's managing executive, Glenn Phillips, said the 110 vultures were found dead along with the four other beasts near Pafuri over the weekend.

“We are devastated by these latest mortalities of our wildlife. A single incident can affect hundreds of species, thus cutting their lives short and diminishing their ecological role.

"After an investigation it was found that the elephant was shot in his head and his tusks removed, indicating clearly that this was originally a poaching incident. The carcass of the elephant was then laced with poison; scavengers died of poison after feeding on this exposed carcass," said Phillips.

He said this was the second incident since October 2015.

He said in October, four lions, 46 vultures and one sub-adult Bateleur eagle suffered the same fate. In the Addo Elephant National Park an incident of deliberate poisoning of black backed jackals and other small predators took place, resembling the same pattern of poisoning.

Phillips said poisoning was a real problem in neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe, bordering the far northern part of the park.

"Tough regulatory measures should be a joint operation between the three countries to prevent wildlife poisoning and poaching," he said.

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