The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: Second Elephant Killed in Maasai Mara.

Photo: Amboseli Park
Increased poaching to render Elephant population extinct in the country.

A young elephant bull estimated to be between 17-20 years old has died on the banks of Sand River in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The elephant succumbed to death after being pumped with four bullets and was spotted by tourists who alerted Kenyan Wildlife Service rangers.

The elephant died while trying to keep up with a herd that was headed to the Makari Forest.The KWS rangers recovered the tusks, and arrested a suspected poacher. The female poacher was found less than 200 metres from where the elephant died.She was carrying food and five plates.It is believed her role was to feed the attackers and investigations are underway.

This is the second elephant that has been killed in the Mara this month.The first elephant, a bull was poached at Ol Chorro on February 2.

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