Poachers Kill 41 Elephants With Poison Six arrests made in Zimbabwe By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:45 PM CDT 38 comments Comments File photo. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) (Newser) – Awful story from Zimbabwe, where poachers killed 41 elephants by poisoning their water holes, reports the Zimbabwe Chronicle. Police have arrested six men and recovered 17 tusks worth about $120,000. It's the nation's worst case of elephant poaching, reports the BBC. Tests are expected to confirm that the men put cyanide-laced salt tablets into watering holes frequented by the elephants in Hwange National Park. What's worse, animals that fed on the carcasses would likely die, too—and perhaps any creatures that fed on those carcasses as well.