June 14, 2014 – Africa’s Largest Elephant Satao Killed By Kenyan Hunters With Poisoned Arrow
The largest elephant in Africa, Satao Elerai has died.
Satao was shot dead with poisoned arrows by illegal hunters in Kenya.
The elephant famed for his giant tusks, known as Satao and aged around 45, was wounded by poisoned arrows in May in Kenya’s vast southeastern Tsavo national park.
The Tsavo Trust, which works to protect the wilderness and its animals, announced the death “with great sadness” for one of the “most iconic and well-loved tuskers.”
“It is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries, a great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantlepiece,” Tsavo Trust said in statement released late Friday.
“Rest in peace, Old Friend, you will be missed,” it added.
The illegal hunters stole the elephant’s tusks and hacked off its face, but conservationists who had followed Satao for years identified the body from the ears and other signs. The carcass was found last week.
Over 20,000 elephants were killed in Africa last year.