13 November 2012

Kenya: Elephant Qumquat's Killer Arrested

Photo: Lauren Everitt/AllAfrica
Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

One of the poachers that killed the well-known elephant, Qumquat and her family has been arrested. The Big Life Foundation anti-poaching unit was informed of the location of the poacher through their community network.

The team made the arrest alongside Kenya Wildlife Service. According to Big Life, the poacher was arrested last year but released. The team from Amboseli Elephant Research identified the dead elephants as Qumquat and her two daughters Qantina and Quaye. Qumquat was born in 1968 and is one of Amboseli's most famous and oldest matriarchs.

One calf is still missing and the other is being cared for at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi after suffering trauma by watching her mother and family butchered. The team continues to trail a second suspect believed to have been part of the same gang that killed the three elephants last week.

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