Satao dead: Tsavo East National Park elephant killed by poachers

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Kenya's iconic elephant killed by ivory poachers
Tsavo East National Park elephant Satao was killed by poachers (Picture: Tsavo Trust / Facebook)

One of Africa’s most iconic and well-loved tusker elephants has been killed by ivory poachers. 

The carcass of Satao, who roamed Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park for at least 45 years, was discovered with his face hacked off after being hit with a poisoned arrow.

‘It is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead,’ the Tsavo Trust said in a statement.

‘Satao 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 mantelpiece.’

Satao dead: Tsavo East National Park elephant killed by poachers
Satao was poisoned with an dart (Picture: Tsavo Trust / Facebook)

The Tsavo Trust had been monitoring Satao’s movements using aerial reconnaissance for the last 18 months and said his enormous tucks were ‘easily identifiable’ from the air.

But Satao had moved to the boundary of the vast national park in recent weeks to find fresh water and vegetation.

A Tsavo spokesman added: ‘With today’s mounting poaching pressures and anti-poaching resources stretched to the limit, it proved impossible to prevent the poachers getting through the net.’

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14 June 2014 | 4:01 pm – Source:

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