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Monday 21 April 2014

Poachers gun down family of 12 elephants

ARMED wildlife rangers have fanned out across eastern Kenya in pursuit of ivory poachers who killed an entire family of 12 elephants in what was thought to be the country's worst single such slaughter since the 1980s.

Eleven adults and one infant calf died in a "targeted and efficient" attack, highlighting the growing professionalism of poachers financed by international criminals supplying a rising demand for ivory in the Far East.

Six of the animals lay in one heap, their tusks hacked off with machetes.

None of the family group managed to flee further than 300 yards before they were gunned down. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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