Four elephant carcasses were last week discovered around Hwange National Park in a suspected cyanide poisoning case with two poachers linked to the incident having been arrested and sentenced to a combined 40-year jail term.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) rangers who were on a regular patrol of the Hwange National park discovered four elephant carcasses with all the tasks removed.

According to information from the authority, a bucket of water containing cyanide was discovered near the scene.

Zimparks public relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said the authority remains on high alert adding that the organisation is confident that the recently launched Operation Nhaka Yedu being jointly implemented together with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) will result in the reduction of poaching cases.

Two poachers linked to the incident which occurred last week, Molo Mwembe and Macson Muleya were arrested after being found in procession of ivory in Binga.

The two have since appeared in court and have been sentenced to a combined 40-year jail term.

Government says it is implementing various strategies which include imposition of tougher legal penalties and awareness campaigns in a bid to deal with worrying poaching scourge.