Seven elephant carcasses have been discovered at Hwange National Park near the Botswana border with investigations to establish what could have led to the death of the jumbos underway.

The carcasses of the seven jumbos were discovered Saturday afternoon by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) and Zimbabwe Republic Police officers who were on patrol.

It is not yet clear what could have caused the death of the seven elephants with cyanide poisoning or anthrax suspected to have led to the death of the jumbos.

A delegation comprising officials from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimparks has since visited the site to carry out preliminary investigations.

Zimparks Public Relations Manager Tinashe Farawo confirmed the development and highlighted that investigations are currently underway with the relevant authorities expected to give finer details once the investigations are complete.

According to sources close to the development, the elephants were not dehorned and are suspected to have died a few days ago.

Zimparks recently confirmed that some of its parks were hit by an anthrax outbreak which was successfully contained and the authorities are not ruling out the possibility that the elephants could have succumbed to the disease.

Home to the second largest elephant herd estimated at around 80 thousand, Zimbabwe has over the past few months recorded a marginal decline in cases of poaching owing to strengthening of the anti-poaching drive.