The Star (Nairobi)

29 June 2013

Kenya: Tourists Watch Jumbo Poaching

A group of horrified tourists witnessed poachers hack an elephant's tusks.

"There were three men in civilian clothing next to the elephant and they had a motorbike parked on the murram road. They were taking out the tusks," said one of the tourists.

They informed the manager of Mara Simba lodge who said he would call the senior warden. "I spoke to a ranger too at the lodge but they all said it was a natural death," the tourist said.

They wanted to take photos to help in investigations "the tour driver started driving really fast as we were trying to get photos and didn't manage." The killing was publicised the next day by Elephant Aware Maasai Mara, confirming the bull had been speared through the heart.

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