Satao – a legend

What a sad story! Satao, the magnificient tusker, lured by rain ventured into an unprotected area and was killed by a poison arrow. No mercy. Help us spread the word to the rich person/people somewhere in the world who will make a trinket out of Satao that he/she just killed – butchered – an magnificient animal. A leader. Someone who tried surviving.

We failed Satao and the many who ventured for water! Let us save the others. Shame we need 24 hour security to save these animals. No safety in their own land.

Mark Deeble

Satao - legend just title

When I last wrote about Satao, I felt that I couldn’t use his name. I could refer to him only as a ‘magnificent tusker’ or an ‘iconic Tsavo bull’. I feared that naming him would risk revealing where he lived. Now that I can use it, I wish that that I couldn’t.

On the 30th May, poachers finally caught up with Satao. An arrow smeared with Acokanthera poison hit him in his left flank and penetrated his body cavity. It travelled right through to his vital organs. To begin with, he might have run, to get deeper inside the park, where he felt safe. Running would have made the poison work faster. He didn’t get very far. Eventually he stood still in open ground, not a mile from the park boundary – with the potent cardio-toxin coursing through him. Without any cover to hide his tusks, he’d have felt exposed…

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