Kenya Suffers Worst Single Loss of Elephants as Poachers Kill 12

Mike Pflanz, Telegraph (London), January 8, 2013

Poachers slaughtered an entire family of 12 elephants and hacked out their tusks in Kenya’s worst single loss of the animals on record, wildlife authorities said on Tuesday.

The 11 adults and one calf, less than a year old, died in a fusillade of bullets in a remote corner of the country’s largest wildlife reserve, Tsavo East National Park.

Armed rangers are now hunting the gang on foot patrols, by vehicle and from the air, but there were fears that they could already have escaped with their haul, worth up to £175,000 on the Asian market.

It was the latest in a series of killings of Kenyan elephants that has seen the number of the animals that died for their tusks double in less than two years, to approximately 360 in 2012.

“Every possible resource is being deployed to track down the criminals who carried out this heinous act,” said Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

“We’ve not seen such an incident in living memory, it’s the worst single loss that we have on record. It’s unimaginable.”

The gang were well-armed with automatic rifles and operated with efficiency and professionalism, likely flooring each adult in turn with bullets to their back legs and then moving in for execution shots to the head.

From the position of the carcasses seen on an aerial fly-by on Monday, it is believed that the calf died when its dying mother fell on it and crushed it, Mr Udoto said. Six other adults lie in a pile where they died together.

The killing site, 180 miles south-east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is far from significant human settlements, ruling out the possibility that villagers killed the elephants because they trampled crops.

Rising demand for African elephant ivory in China is widely blamed for spurring the sudden surge in the slaughter.

Kenya lost fewer than 50 elephants to poachers in 2007, the year after 60 tons of South African, Namibian and Botswanan ivory were sold to Japan in a “one-off” deal approved by CITES, the international body regulating the trade in endangered wildlife.

Many conservationists argue that this restarted the demand for ivory, and it coincided with the continued growth in China’s middle class, for whom ivory trinkets are a marker of wealth.

In 2010, the number of elephants found dead with their tusks removed in Kenya had jumped to 178. Last year, that number more than doubled, to an estimated 360.

Many more of the animals are believed to have been killed but their carcasses were never found.

“However much ivory is provided to the market, the appetite in Asian countries is insatiable and the criminals know that, and they will go to great lengths to find the tusks,” Mr Udoto said.

“Africa has half-a-million elephants left, all together they would not be enough to satisfy the demand that has arisen.”

The next meeting of CITES is due in Thailand in March, when several African countries will lobby to be allowed to sell stockpiled ivory and use the revenue raised for other conservation projects.

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  • dukem1

    Automatic rifles!!!….Well there, Sen. Feinstein. that’s what they’re good for!
    MMMMMMMMMMM!…Bush meat! And foreign trade! Win-Win!

    • Pelayo

      Wherever they go they destroy and wherever they already are, they destroy, If those poachers were White it would be screamed to the high heavens. No description of the poachers. Solid Ted ‘nough said!

  • GM (Australia)

    The words “Nature Conservation” mean absolutely nothing to the starving billions in the developing world. If it was not for the great national parks established by former white run governments in Africa, it is very doubtful that there would be a single elephant still left alive on the whole planet.

  • The__Bobster

    When it comes to conservation, the superstitious “model minority” isn’t that “model”

    • pcmustgo

      or CONVERSATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Liberalsuck

      Somehow this is going to get blamed on white people, or we will have to save them.

  • bigone4u

    I am sorry but I could not read the story. Between the blacks and the Chinese the magnificent animals that were God’s gift to man will suffer, die and become extinct. I can’t bear to think about it. Sorry.

  • Canadian Seer

    Ah, those good old high IQ Chinese and their high IQ need for ivory trinkets to show off their wealth, eh Chengleman? When they are not producing toxic products to make a quick buck they are strip-mining the environment. Such a lovely people.

    • Tom in MI

      They also mutilate and kill sharks by cutting off their fins. High IQ Jews, on the other hand, only do a little foreskin snipping.

      • IstvanIN

        And throw the sharks back in the water. They don’t even bother to eat the whole shark!

        • white spirit

          The Chinese people collect the fins of the sharks, and the Japanese people go on the whale hunting

          and Koreans eat the intestines of pigs and cows

          • Flossie

            Most of the large animals on the endangered species list are there because of the sexual insecurities of Asians, the Chinese in particular. (And there are billions of them already!) Whether it’s pollution or some dread disease or a technology not yet dreamed of, their filthy, greedy, irresponsible behaviour could well be the death of us all over the coming century.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        That’s the Japanese, isn’t it?

        • Michael_C_Scott


          • Sherman_McCoy


    • Engelman has nothing more than a fetish for Asians and he doesn’t seem to have any concern for the survival of the white race; flood the west with ‘high IQ Asians’ and let the most ‘intelligent’ ones win.

      He doesn’t seem to understand the raw numbers aren’t in our favor (or more likely doesn’t care). A billion Asians will quickly overtake a few hundred million whites and not simply because of intelligence.

      His argument is based on this quote from Jared Taylor:

      “AR: Well, it seems to me that if there are two racial groups that can live side by side in harmony, it appears to be whites and Asians.”

      Saying we are more compatible with Asians than with Africans does not mean Mr. Taylor was advocating flooding white nations with Asians.

      His beliefs are nothing short of promoting white genocide.

      • Dan Reardon

        Engleman seems to worship about any Asiatic or Semitic race other than Whites. I get the impression that he somehow believes these other races will recognize his superior intellect and welcome him into their group with open arms. I find him to be the most obnoxious poster on this site and really don’t understand why he hasn’t been shown the door.

    • Sun

      The level of maturity is strikingly good. Such people have such a keen ability to not be discuss things without insulting specific people.

      Of course if I really gave you a taste of your own medicine the moderators would delete my comment.

    • Richard from Vancouver

      I’m also Canadian and live in an area with a significant (42% and rising) Chinese population. The Chinese are not conservationists, they are not environmentalists, they are mega-consumers. If there is an open tract of land, the Chinese seek to inhabit the space. Vancouver boasts one of the most beautiful and one of the largest city parks in the world — Stanley Park. Chinese consistently petition to build condos and commercial properties in the park. One day they’ll get their way and Stanley Park will be just a memory. If it walks, crawls, swims, hops, or slithers the Chinese will eat it. They seemingly have little or no respect for European North Americans and our ways.

      • Flossie

        I’ve noticed the same thing here in Chicago. The Chinese will consume anything they can subdue and cram into their mouth. There are some Asian markets in my neighborhood that I visit occasionally. If you stand back for a few minutes and just watch the Asians shopping, especially on a busy day, it’ll make your blood run cold. They’re like a ravening horde, snatching at still-living (barely) crabs with tongs, picking through dead fish and flinging them aside by their tails. And the checkout girls! There’s no eye contact whatsoever, let alone smalltalk or simple courtesy. They all wear Latex gloves to snatch the money from your hand and fling the change back at you. They are not at all like us.

  • So CAL Snowman

    If I remember correctly, that psycho Teddy Roosevelt used to enjoy hunting elephants in Africa. Mentally unstable people enjoy doing sick things.

    • Jerrybear

      Hunting is an enjoyable experience and I’m assuming Roosevelt hunted them when they were more plentiful. So I wouldn’t call him a psycho for that. Call him a psycho for abandoning the Republican party for the progressive Moose party. This allowed the tyrant and progressive Woodrow Wilson to take power, establish the Federal Reserve, and lie to get us into the first civil war of the West. WWI.

    • GM (Australia)

      That was the age of the great white hunter, we now live in the age of the great white conservationist! I also remember back in about 1961 when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (in)famously shot a tiger while on a visit to India. There was a huge outcry at the time and this was possibly the beginning today’s conservation awareness. Well to do travelers can still legally shoot big came in private conservation parks in Southern Africa. Hunting is still very popular, but I still feel that the only serious push for conservation comes from white western nations. Ask an Indonesian if he would prefer a pristine rain forest park or a palm oil plantation. The reply will be for the palm oil plantation so that he can have some money and buy a car and everything else that we enjoy here in the West.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Did he shoot the tiger in his pajamas?

    • Tom in MI

      TR later regretted doing it.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.

  • JohnEngelman

    European rule of south Saharan countries ended centuries too soon. The people of India, Algeria, and Indochina had practiced civilization for centuries before they were conquered by Great Britain and France. They were ready for self rule after the Second World War. This cannot be said of African Negroes. They need a higher authority to keep them from killing and eating endangered animal species, pygmies, and each other.

    • Diversity is BAD

      Aha, good ol’ engleman trying to change the topic when this article once again exposes the cultural backwardness of his beloved chinese. Read the article engleman, read what’s in store when the chinese have money to spare:

      “Rising demand for African elephant ivory in China is widely blamed for spurring the sudden surge in the slaughter.”

      “Many conservationists argue that this restarted the demand for ivory,
      and it coincided with the continued growth in China’s middle class, for
      whom ivory trinkets are a marker of wealth.”

      And it’s not just the african elephants. The chinese are doing the same with another magnificent animal right in their own backyard:

      face extinction as China gives poachers ‘licence to kill’

      Yeah, so much about being “ready for self rule” !

      • JohnEngelman

        I have never claimed that all Chinese are moral exemplars. I have said that Chinese on the average have higher IQs than whites, and lower rates of crime and illegitimacy. I admire them because of that.

        • AutomaticSlim

          I have to ask, why do you think China is still a 2nd world country?
          Something they probably will be for a very, very long time.
          Do you really think the average IQ of the 1 billion+ Chinese is higher than the average of White America? Or just the “best and brightest” that they send over here to steal our jobs and pillage our know how?

          I do think the Japanese and South Koreans have built very nice first world nations, and I admire them for it. But I also have to say that neither one of those countries could have done it without a huge amount of help from White America. I admire and respect those two countries and their people, but they owe a large amount of their success to us.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Some people here get histrionic and defensive about East Asians. Honestly the suggestion that the Chinese fondness of ivory is somehow indicative of some flaw in their character or whatever…

          What? Really? Can’t think of anything whites have wanted, the supplying of which has wrought environmental havoc?

          Not dinking my own people, just find it hypocritically hilarious that this is the angle the “yellow perilers” are going with. The Chinese demand for ivory is indicative of some flaw in character or genetics and is responsible for those low IQ Africans’ abominable actions…


          • JohnEngelman

            Very weak.

        • Flossie

          Yes, Engelman, those are all admirable qualities. But they are merely necessary, not sufficient.

  • ed91

    I’m surprised there is anything of value left in africa.

    • gemjunior

      Isn’t it strange when a whole continent of humans brings in less money than all it’s resources? I mean, since they do not know how to use those resources properly that they become of more value to others who must show what their value really is.

      • Flossie

        The Chinese have noticed that same thing and are swarming in to take advantage. The pleas and complaints of the native Africans to their new Asiatic overlords will fall on deaf ears.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I’ve never shot an elephant, but one of my old friends has. He was told to shade his eyes, because wild elephants don’t like being watched. One of the Americans in that area had earlier ignored the warnings and was found in pieces. He’d photographed some elephants at dawn, was grabbed by a bull, and was dashed to bits against a tree. It always happens so quickly. We recovered the camera.

    I’ve ridden on an African elephant, not just the domesticated Indian variety. It is an amazing and very special thing when an animal not normally tame will allow one to do this. She sniffed me with her trunk, and I had drunk no alcohol nor eaten meat or fish for a week or so. I used a brush to scrub behind her ears, which she loved. She shivered a bit when I was on top.

  • flyingtiger

    China is the eco terrorist of this planet. Why aren’t the liberal do gooder groups protesting this? Are they afraid that China will stop sending them money?

  • odious liberal

    ” What difference does it make”… to qoute our famous SOS.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    The primitive Bantu supplies ivory to the primitive Chinese and majestic, intelligent elephants die bloodily and to near extinction because of an endless wave of non-Western ignorance. Yep, all cultures and people are the same.

    • eduard

      Last year, more than 500 rhinos were wiped out in mandelatopia’s nature reserves for the highly IQ’d stupidity of Orientals. In the whole of Africa the third world savages wipe out anything for meat. The mountain gorillas have suffered the same fate. Why don’t these savages start killing each other for food, seeing that this foodchain is in abundance, after all they are nothing but cannibals.

  • As far as I know, there is no EPA or its equivalent in China. The environmental destruction of the Chinese environment is legendary. They will kill the last Rhino or Tiger without a thought if they believe it will enhance their sexual performance.

  • storibund

    I really had so much hope, when Viagra was made available, that it would stop this kind of senselessness. But… no.

    Whenever anyone touts the high asian IQ, remind them of this.

  • Kaffirsmasher

    It’s things like which make me think that even an “Africa for Africans” policy may not be enough. There’s just way too much biodiversity in Africa to let blacks destroy it all.

  • StillModerated

    I smell a conspiracy here. Obama is from Kenya and hates Republicans, so he’s told his homeys to slaughter the GOP symbol. It’s pure spite, I assure you.

  • dhs

    This is an example of different values held by different people. Asian societies consider animal suffering a matter of no importance. They regard kindness to animals as an odd behavior that some western people practice. On the other hand, Japanese (I don’t know about other Asians) regard western indifference to their deceased ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.) as crude and undesirable behavior.

    “Different strokes, for different folks”.

  • Fran

    Where are all the liberal environmentalists now? There are no white people to blame so they crawl into a corner.

  • Lorn

    The Kenyans, Chinese and Japanese atrocities to wildlife will all be laid at the feet of white men because they did not stop it from happening.
    If we do try to stop it; we are racist if we do not were responsible, either way you go the white race loses again.

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  • Brady

    Actually, this is due to a pretty simple matter: the shortsighted policy of the Kenyan government of banning the ivory trade altogether and putting it entirely into the hands of poachers. Some African countries have allowed a legal ivory trade as a deterrent to poaching and their elephant populations are doing much better..