Giant Kenyan elephant killed by authorities on suspicion of killing farmer

Giant elephant Little Male Amboseli Kenya © Amboseli Trust for Elephants

Little Male, the giant elephant killed by Kenyan authorities because he is suspected of killing a farmer © Amboseli Trust for Elephants

This just in from the Facebook page of The Amboseli Trust for Elephants:

“A tragedy occurred in Amboseli yesterday morning. One of the last big elephant bulls in Africa was shot and killed by the authorities because it was suspected he had killed a farmer. That bull was 49-year-old Little Male, the brother of Eudora and the son of Emily, who was the sister of Echo of the EB family. We have known him since he was five years old, so we have followed his life for 44 years. We watched him grow, become independent from his family, learn the ways of the world of the males, eventually coming into musth and competing for females. He was in his prime, fathering calves, passing on his good genes for robustness, good health and longevity.

“That important role he was playing in the Amboseli elephant population ended yesterday. It is times like these that we are tempted to give up but we don’t. It hurts so much, but we have to fight for the other elephants here including Little Male’s sons and daughters. But we must not forget the death of the farmer. It is a massive tragedy for his family. It is not a question of guilt and innocence here. We must strive for peaceful co-existence between humans and wildlife.”

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  • michaelstumpf

    Killing a wild animal for being wild, is not the pathway to peaceful coexistence. You can’t apply human logic to a wild animal’s way of thinking, because humans have stepped out of nature.

  • So what’s wrong with this story? There are many solutions to human/wildlife conflict, from buzzing bees, to buzzing drones, to helicopter herding as happens in the Maasai Mara and Samburu. Was the male in musth and threatening people? Could it not be moved away from people? How was the man killed-defending his crops, walking alone at night, throwing rocks at the elephant, defending his family?

  • Jhm0699

    Suspicion is not the same as knowing for sure! What were the circumstances? Was the man out throwing rocks at the elephant to get him away from crops or what? People put themselves in danger when they attack a wild elephant. The elephant has to survive too. They were there first. This killing by Kenyan authorities is outrageous. I feel for the man’s family but killing the elephants doesn’t solve their problem. Losing just one of these big guys is devastating for the future of elephants. Their future is in danger but humans’ futures are not.

  • Marlene Amry

    When the last of the iconic animals have been shot for whatever reason, tourists who support the sanctuaries and the country as a whole, will stop to come. If politicians and others, who let harm done to the wildlife children- the country’s heritage that have been entrusted

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