26 Sep '11, 9am

Shot, face hacked off, tusks stolen... horror of the elephants butchered for their ivory - The Ecologist

Shot, face hacked off, tusks stolen... horror of the elephants butchered for their ivory - The Ecologist

A powerful key segment in the new Nat Geo Wild documentary Blood Ivory - which follows the undercover investigations by the EIA – was shot in Kenya. The aim was to document what was happening on the ground – there have been so many reports of poaching and seized ivory, in and through the country and at the airport – so when we arrived in March we immediately headed north to Samburu National Reserve, home to Save The Elephants (STE) study site, because the area had been identified as a poaching hot spot. If you head just a little further north then you’re in real bandit territory, scene of the recent kidnapping of a British tourist. Three weeks earlier, two matriarchs from one of the STE study groups (the Virtues) had been shot: Enthusiasm and Resilience. Enthusiasm died relatively quickly but Resilience, true to her name, managed to get back to the sanctuary of the reserve...

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