Satao, one of the last ‘giant tusker’ elephants, killed in Kenya

A rare African elephant – one of the continent’s oldest and largest – died in a suspected poaching incident, a conservation group has said.

Satao II, a 50-year-old so-called “giant tusker” was found dead near the Tsavo National Park border.

Conservationists at the park believe he may have been killed by a poison arrow, although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Satao was named after another giant tusker killed by poachers in 2014.

There are now fewer than 30 African “big tuskers” – adult bulls with ivory large enough to brush the ground – in the world.

“I am pretty gutted really,” Richard Moller, head of the Tsavo Trust, told AFP.

“This particular elephant was one that was very approachable, one of those easy old boys to find. Many of the others are much more difficult to see.

“He has been through lots of droughts and probably other attempts at poaching.”

A team from the park and Kenyan Wildlife Service recovered the animal’s enormous ivory tusks intact, before poachers could claim them, the park said.

One weighed 51.5kg, (113.5lbs) and the other 50.5kg.



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