Tourists watch in horror as poachers attack elephant in Kenya
A group of horrified tourists witnessed poachers hack an elephant’s tusks, in late June in the protected Maasai Mara Park.
“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.
The group acted to inform local Officials of the crime they had witnessed but it seemed as though the lodge guides and driver intercepted their attempts to both document and report the crime. In Kenya recently, to ensure that wildlife tourism continues- as a major part of the GDP of the country, the penalties for poachers has been increased.
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.
In Kenya recently, to ensure that wildlife tourism continues- as a major part of the GDP of the country, the penalties for poachers has been increased. This latest case shows how tourists desire to see their wildlife wild and protected, and that operators need to act to ensure criminals are brought to justice in order to protect this industry.