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BLOOD IVORY - THE END OF KHADIJA
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BLOOD IVORY - THE END OF KHADIJA

All of us at Elephant Watch and Save the Elephants, have been deeply shocked at the tragic killing of Khadija in Samburu, the last adult female of the SWAHILI LADIES. One by one her whole family had been killed last year and she was looking after her young and 5 orphans. In early June she had been badly wounded. We kept a close watch on her movements and on the 24th, STE with the help of Ian Craig immobilised her when she came into the Reserve, they treated her wounds, put a collar on her and injected a massive dose of antibiotics and vitamins. With difficulty she managed to pull herself up on to her feet, and wandered off slowly. We were able to follow her wandering and she was gradually getting better. For some reason she kept going south towards the "bad lands". On the night of July 13th in the light of the full moon as she wandered towards the river she was gunned down on the southern boundary line, in a barrage of bullets. We found her faceless with 8 bullet wounds in her body, the collar removed and hidden nearby. Her tusks had immediately been hacked off and taken to a trader.

We are on the war path against traders and poachers. It is a long uphill struggle, as the trade is spread far and wide and we are also in the midst of a serious drought in the north. The elephants are moving out of the safety of the Reserve in search of branches, their main source of food now. We still have water in the river. The local Samburu herders have left the area always looking for better pastures for their livestock, and our friendly "eyes and ears" in that area are now gone.

I have been working closely with Iain, David Daballan and the STE team helping where ever I can. Our boys are keeping a close watch on the elephants and we are hoping to find the 8 orphans, who must be terrified and lost without leadership now and hoping to collar one of them. KWS and the Police, acting on some information, set up a road block on the Meru/Isiolo road and arrested 3 Somalis in a new vehicle, with 6 tusks and bullets in their possession. We do not know who shot the elephant.

On Wednesday, July 20th, KWS will be burning hundreds of confiscated elephant tusks, at Manyani, the training KWS station, near Tsavo National Park. This is some of the illegal ivory, (many of which are huge beautiful tusks) which was confiscated while on its way to the Far East, coming from Kenya and our neighbouring countries, and was detected by police and customs, confiscated from known and unknown traders - all these tusks can be labeled - BLOOD IVORY. They are a liability to keep in the locked ivory rooms, and I for one, am glad to see the ivory burn, but sad for the loss of our great bulls and matriarchs. How much longer will this killing continue?

I will keep you informed. I know you all feel what we do and appreciate your support and sympathy. We HAVE to stop this trade.

with a heavy heart

Oria and the EW Team

Sunday, July 17, 2011 4:16 PM

22nd June - KHADIJA WOUNDED AND IN ALOT OF PAIN

13th July - KHADIJA AS WE FOUND HER

14th July - STE TEAM AND KWS RANGERS WITH DAMAGED COLLAR

THE COLLAR WITH 2 BULLETS IN IT