According to the conversation group that protects the dwindling group of giant “Tuskers”, One of Africa’s oldest and Largest Elephant was allegedly killed by poachers in Kenya.
Satao II, the elephant named after a famed giant killed in 2014, was found dead on Monday and is believed to be shot with a poisoned arrow.
Richard Moller of the Tsavo trust told, “Luckily, through the work we do with the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), we were able to find the carcass before the poachers could recover the ivory”.
The elephant was about 50 years old and was beloved by visitors to the Tsavo national park.
Not long after his carcass was spotted in routine aerial reconnaissance of the park, two poachers believed to be responsible for the killing were apprehended.
The incident came two days after an officer was killed during an anti-poaching incident in the park.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the number of African elephants has fallen by around 111,000 to 415,000 over the past decade.
Reports show that Around 30,000 elephants are slaughtered for their ivory every year, mainly due to the demand in the Asian Market for products Coveted as a traditional medicine or as status symbols.
According to Moller, there are only about 25 of the giant tuskers remaining in the world. They are so named for their impressive tusks which nearly scrape the ground. About 15 of these are in Kenya.
He said, “They are icons, they are ambassadors for elephants”.
He added, “one of Satao II’s tusks weighed 51.5 kilos (112 pounds), and the other 50.5 kilos…I am pretty gutted really. This particular elephant was one that was very approachable, one of those easy old boys to find. Many are the others are much more difficult to see and stay in remote areas”.