One of Africa’s oldest and largest elephants has been killed by poachers in Kenya according to a conservation group that protects the creatures. It is thought that the poachers used a poison arrow to carry out their attack.
Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust said that Satao II was named after another of the giant elephants that was also killed back in 2014.
“Luckily, through the work we do with Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), we were able to find the carcass before the poachers could recover the ivory,” said Moller.
Satao II’s tusks weighed over 11lbs each.
Not long after the elephant was recovered, two poachers, who were believed to be responsible for the killing were captured.
This death adds to horrific stats of 30,000 elephants being slaughtered for their ivory each year.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the number of African elephants has fallen by 111,000 to 415,000 over the last ten years.
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