Shocking records have revealed that in the past three months, poachers killed about sixteen elephants.
No culprits have been arrested as yet but anti-poaching units, made up of officers from the Botswana Defence Force, Department of Wildlife and Police, have now beefed up their patrols and more officers have been deployed in the area.
Information reaching The Telegraph suggests that the poaching syndicates are made up of both Zambians and Batswana and operate across the two countries.
Detective Superintendent Peloentle Morolong of the Diamond and Narcotics Squad at the Criminal Investigations Department said that they were “worried about the increasing number of elephants that are being poached in Chobe area”.
He said between April and July this year, about sixteen elephants were killed and their tasks removed.
“This is the first time we have recorded such a high number of elephants that have been poached in such a short space of time,” he said.
The tasks are in high demand in Cihina.