Alternative livelihoods for Ex Poachers, Kenya

 
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Jul 8, 2014

Satao the Elephant

Dear Supporter,

This month Tsavo has had some extremely sad news. Thought to have been the largest and most loved elephant in Kenya, Satao was killed.

Satao had a special type of genetic makeup that produced unusually large tusks - 6.5 feet long. Unfortunately this made Satao worth a lot of money to the ivory trade.  Despite big conservation efforts even air patrols, Satao was shot with a poisoned arrow and his tusks were removed.  Elephant numbers continue to fall only 500,000 elephants roam the continent down from over 5 million in the 1940s. Its estimated 40,000 elephants get poached every year for their tusks.

But there is hope; the number is dropping. The work that GVI, in partnership with Tsavo pride, is doing is targeting the grassroots of the issue- the poachers. Poaching is a scary and risky business sometimes even causing fatalities and tearing families apart and most poachers’ welcome alternative lifestyles.

The efforts that come from our volunteer and partners to create a new life for these poachers turned protectors is vital not just for the people but for the conservation of the wildlife that surrounds them. 

Tsavo national park is still bursting with wildlife and thanks to your donations we can help keep it that way. 

Thank you again,

All the best

GVI Kenya

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