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Poachers have killed the world's largest elephant — for his sweeping tusks

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Satao, believed to have been the world's largest living elephant, was killed recently by poachers. Satao was a great tusker, bigger and with much longer tusks than the elephants in this picture.

Satao, probably the world's largest living elephant, was killed recently by poachers in a blow to Kenya's wildlife service and even the people of Kenya.

The bull elephant was one of the few surviving "great tuskers" — huge elephants with tusks so big they reach all the way to the ground. He was first targeted by poachers using cell phones and GPS trackers back in March, but quick veterinary intervention saved him. Sometime in May, however, the poachers finally got their elephant. His carcas was found in a swamp.

Paula Kahumbu has a moving tribute to Satao at The Guardian, where she reflects on the way technology has empowered poachers and threatens all of Kenya's elephants.

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