Poisoned Tusker Treated in Daring Field Operation, the Eleventh in Two Weeks

A large tusker lies unconscious on the wet ground as the emergency helicopter lands. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
A large tusker lies unconscious on the ground as the emergency helicopter lands. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

TSAVO NATIONAL PARK, Kenya––On September 15 vets in the field successfully treated a large iconic bull elephant during a daring field operation, after the animal was found poisoned by a poacher’s arrow.

The tusker had a clearly visible wound in his back right leg when pilot Neville Sheldrick, while on a routine air patrol, spotted the animal limping through the bush. He immediately called the Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit to come to the aid of the troubled elephant.

Authorities quickly deployed a helicopter, along with a vet from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), to dart the animal, and a rapid response ground team waited to move in with medical equipment to treat the wound.

“There are a number of factors that determine how quickly an elephant will die from a poisoned arrow,” explained Angela Sheldrick, Executive Director for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphan-elephant rehabilitation project and conservation organization based in Nairobi.

“The freshness of the poison, the location of the arrow and how deeply it penetrated its quarry are some of the variables.”

“It can take hours, weeks, or even months for the animal to perish,” she said.

See the video of the dramatic rescue below


Deadly Skill

“There are tribes bordering Tsavo National Park that are extremely proficient in the art of poisoned arrow poaching,” Sheldrick said. “The technique is passed down through the generations and is sadly very effective.” (See: Beloved African Elephant Killed for Ivory)

As storm clouds gathered, pilot Humphrey Carter, along with KWS Veterinary Officer Dr. Poghon, flew the DSWT helicopter into the area. They darted the bull from the air at 1:00 p.m., and he conveniently fell onto his left side, allowing the vets easy access to the wound.

The bull’s companions–a group of old male elephants who were milling around by his side– had to be chased off by the helicopter so that the ground team could move in and work uninterrupted.

The elephant lay unconscious on the red earth, and his great white tusks, now horizontal, pointed aimlessly toward the dark horizon. A torrential downpour, the first of the season, made working conditions wet for the vets as they tended to the open wound, removing all the dead tissue that was forcing its way out of the arrow hole.

Once the wound was clear and the long-acting antibiotics administered, the vets injected the antidote and waited to see what would happen. Despite the slippery soil, the elephant managed to slowly stand up.

The elephant manages to rise up in the wet mud. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The elephant manages to rise up in the wet mud. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Up and Walking

The proud team, soaking wet and muddy, watched the bull walk off into the veld and join his companions, who were waiting patiently a little way off.

He was the second elephant that the veterinary unit saved that day, and the eleventh treated against poachers’ arrows in the past two weeks. Continued aerial and ground monitoring (in the worst cases, the team mark the treated elephant’s back with paint, which makes identification from the air easier) confirm that all 11 animals have made a full recovery.

“The recent upsurge in poaching is due to considerable offshore demand for ivory,” said Sheldrick, “creating a financial incentive to kill elephants which reaches all the way down the supply chain to the poachers on the ground.” (See: 100 000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years)

To match the threat in Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service, now runs nine anti-poaching teams within the area. The team has four aircraft and a helicopter, providing aerial support, patrols, and assistance to the field teams in detecting illegal activities or injured animals.

Vets work on the wounded elephant. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Vets work on the wounded elephant. Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

“Our anti-poaching teams have arrested more than 1,000 poachers,” Sheldrick said. “These arrests range from notorious elephant poachers through to bush meat poachers.”

The Sky Vet program was established a year ago to treat cases that are located in areas inaccessible to the mobile veterinary units. In that time Sky Vet has already saved 80 elephant lives.

“This ground and air support has proved extremely effective,” Sheldrick said. “Without the efforts of the Kenya Wildlife Service, together with support from us, the situation in Tsavo would be significantly worse.”

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  1. Fiona Purdy
    October 24, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Why are the Chinese so committed to protecting their Pandas from extinction – but think nothing of what the consequences of their purchases mean to the elephants (and other endangered species) of the world? What is worse is that the ivory is mostly used for TRINKETS!!! Why are World’s governments – especially Africa’s – not protesting & pressuring the Chinese government to crack down on the import of ivory and other endangered animal parts? The world will be a very sad place with out these magnificent creatures. Thank you to all of the people & groups who are saving & fighting for the elephants.

  2. UB
    October 22, 2014, 5:35 pm

    What’s better than prayers, curses, revenge attacks and (maybe) better than donations? Cutting off the money to the people who buy ivory. Who are they? Chinese middle classes and (last time I checked) American upper classed. China is doubly guilty though, since they use ivory for ‘health’ as well as vanity reasons (although it has no know on medicinal value),

    money makes the world go round, so the only way to stop people playing this game of Russian roulette with our elephants is to cut off the money from the people who are paying someone else to pull the trigger.

    So, If you’re in the US: boycott ivory traders, regardless of their size and source.

    And: If you’re anywhere else on the planet, boycott Chinese businesses! in a recent survey 84% of the ‘new’ Chinese middle classes said that they’d buy ivory as their NEXT purchase. Where are they getting the money to buy it? From US, the Western buyers of all those ‘Made in China’ products. Every penny you spend on those goods is going straight to an elephant-assassin. Please think about that next time you want to buy that cheap Made in China bargain item.

    Some things are worth more than money… and some bargains cost more than you could ever imagine :-/

  3. Asma Hosein
    Trinidad and Tobago
    October 17, 2014, 1:05 pm

    It is difficult for me to comprehend why the UN is not doing more to impose a ban on ivory products from China. Elephants are wonderful animals
    Keep up the good work Skyvets.
    Regards, Asma.

  4. Skip Smith
    Gilpin County, Colorado
    October 6, 2014, 10:41 am

    Really like the idea of testicle removal for the poachers, but the absence of a nose will be much easier to see. Perhaps leaving them looking a lot like the guy in “Cat Ballou” would work?

  5. Randi Chahidi
    Boise, Idaho
    October 6, 2014, 4:09 am

    This was a most distressing article to read, as I have been to Tsavo, seen and experienced the elephants, and was greatly moved by their kindly splendor. Many of the comments posted spoke to some fundamental issues like poaching for use in Chinese medicine (of no real medical value). How I wish China as a country , could be fined or sanctions imposed by the U.N. for their contribution to diminishing populations of our animals. But, there are other issues that need to be addressed, as well. These elephants cause great damage to crops and property, making it hard for locals to “want” to protect them. We must find a way to deal with issues where we protect both people and animals. Like several comments stated, our growing population in the world is really the root of so many of the real issues of the conflict of man and nature.

    The real heroes here are those who made the dramatic rescue and risked so much for the one elephant. But we must be willing to to do everything we can as a species to save each and every one we can. Their numbers are precious and decrease as our numbers rise. My heart aches for these magnificent animals and the sorrow they endure over their long lives. We must find a way to save them if we hope to save ourselves.

  6. julie titcombe
    Cricklade, UK>
    October 5, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Poor elephant. This is shocking and horrific. But this boy was rescued thank goodness. Governments not doing enough to protect our iconic species.

  7. Dr. Riaz Bagha
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
    October 4, 2014, 12:00 am

    I was recently at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphan release site at Tsavo, Kenya: what beautiful intelligent animals they are! One baby elephant actually wound his trunk on my chest in a show of …affection, maybe?! I was thinking of various ways for three days while at the campsite on how to save these iconic giants. Here is an idea: let us all start propagating the idea widely that some of the locals, in their love for their elephants, have CAST A CURSE on the ivory and that the households that posses it will have misfortunes on its members. We know where the largest market is. Now let us do our part in playing on the superstitions that has presently devastated the elephant population. In essence, let us fight superstition with superstition. Create stories, be creative. Let us all do this and you will see results: one more elephant saved is one more walking free in Africa!

  8. Harold Daniels
    October 3, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Kenya, the site where this happened was outlawed sport hunting. Game managers know that sport hunting brings much needed revenue into an area and the locals then see value in the animals presence. Also many professional hunters who lease the various concession areas do much to patrol and minimize poaching. The animals as a species would benefit in the long run if Kenya were to, once again, allow sport hunting.

  9. my 2 cents
    October 3, 2014, 10:53 am

    its really SAD and rather pathetic how all the liberal minded posters are ALL for taking out their angry feelings on those who kill the elephants WHEN the actual cause of the serious problem is the other end of the supply chain ie the consumers of ivory. Most of the endandered animals globally killed for body parts is for “medicinal” purposes and in ivory’s case decorative purposes as well.

    I suspect the same folks do NOT advocate we kill the pot farmers of the world nor the poor locals forced by the $$ or guns of their local cartel who are part of the coke supply chain.

    PS the guys is the video deserve more funding so their way of helping the animals can be done in more places!

  10. landerson
    October 3, 2014, 2:27 am

    much of the problem is due to population explosion of humans due to well-meaning westerners giving antibiotics and vaccines without also giving birth control. My uncle AM Harthoorn helped invent the dart gun – he would be very sad to see the current state of play.

  11. Brice
    Geneva - Switzerland
    October 3, 2014, 1:46 am

    Sheldrick Trust…. you ROCK! Thanks so much for all the amazing work you’re doing there. I’m so sad when I read how poaching continue this way but makes me proud to support the foundation for years.
    Keep fighting guys!!!

  12. Triveni
    Delhi, India
    October 3, 2014, 12:04 am

    To save trees in Amazon forest, a novel scheme has been running successfully; locals are paid for not cutting the trees. Number of trees is strictly monitored by the State agency with the help of UN. May be a similar program would deter the elephant poachers too. They need money and regular income for protecting the animal would be a better, tempting option for them than the risky and uncertain option of killing the animal.

  13. joe blow
    October 2, 2014, 11:55 pm

    letting China sell the world junk is the root problem.. then all they can think about is ivory and shark fin soup..

    its cause and effect..

  14. Zubin Balaporia
    October 2, 2014, 11:12 pm

    What a wonderful job this task force is doing.
    Obviously, considerable time, effort and monies go into this program. Congratulations on a job well done.

  15. Heidi Wyle
    October 2, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I have walked among the elephants in Tsavo and seen their remarkable intelligence: old ones who have survived poaching raids remember humans and can be aggressive. We also visited the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where I blew into a baby elephant’s trunk and felt him blow back into my face in a lifetime-recognition ritual for him. Thank you to the many who are rescuing these creatures. Five air units are expensive; all of us who care should consider a donation to the Trust. Thank you National Geographic for covering this important initiative.

  16. ROSIE
    October 2, 2014, 5:49 pm

    I’m truly in awe and grateful around the work you do around the protection and rescue of these elephants. It’s impossible for me to imagine a world without them…….but I guess that could happen if it weren’t for your efforts. What about the the “offshore demand”. I know a lot is already being done to try and curtail black market export, but I share a similar view to eric paul. There will always be corrupt government officials (on both sides of the water), – that will never change. I’m pretty sure I know who the culprits are but In what countries is the bulk of ivory surfacing ? This may seem naive but Is there no way to escalate the issue and more publicly expose and embarrass these governments, societies/cultures (more than they have already)? What is the penalty in Africa for poaching/killing an elephant? I would imagine it would vary from from region to region but i’s obviously not stiff enough any where. I know this is a complex issue and my comments may seem naive. Ali I know is that when I read stories about any species being hunted and poached , especially for a body parts or a trophy, – i quite literally feel my heart drop to the pit of my stomach, and feel sick. The work you do gives me a glimmer of hope.
    Thank you

    side bar note:
    I know I’m very lucky to live in British Columbia but I’m embarrassed and ashamed to report that even our government approves an open season on several wildlife species here, – most notably black bears and grizzlies. A few for their meat but most for trophies and/or i’m sure body parts. They would argue that we have plenty and that they’re “managing the”resource”, – I just see it as a legalization of what happens illegally in countries like Africa.

  17. victoria
    United States
    October 2, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Just do a search on and you get all sorts of search results for mammoth ivory? Is that really true, I suspect it’s from elephants.

  18. victoria
    United States
    October 2, 2014, 5:20 pm

    If the poachers are killing the elephants for their ivory and we cannot control the buyers, why can’t we remove the tusks? When the team was on the ground helping and the elephant was anesthetized that was the time to give him a second chance to life without ivory! Please please remove tusks from all the elephants!

  19. Denny
    October 2, 2014, 4:49 pm

    These countries where the populations of endangered animals live are going to have to make a commitment as to which is more valuable…the animal, or the poacher….and then make the price of poaching, more valuable that the price of the ivory…namely, they (the poachers), give up the right to their lives. Just the same as Turkey doesn’t have a drug problem….you’re caught with drugs, you die…it’s a simple concept to understand. Provide complete immunity to the enforcement teams, to eliminate the threat permanently on site. IF by chance they catch them later and arrest them, execute them…and extend this, all the way up the chain…from the actual native with the gun or bow, to those trafficking in the contraband. It’s far more effective than trying to educate, in some case entire primitive thinking mentalities in Japan, China, Korea etc. that there is no benefit in potions made from the contraband. Once the poacher or trafficker is dead….HE won’t be killing anymore wildlife.

  20. Ron Weaver
    San Antonio, FL
    October 2, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Great job. Look up the word hero in the dictionary and there will be your picture. I’m guessing it would be too great a project but why not take on a project like they did with the white baby seals in Canada. A one time darting of all elephants with mature tusks and put some type of bright red dye that would soak into the tusk and render it monetarily useless? I also like the shoot on site all poachers ap[proach.

  21. Diane Pelletier
    October 2, 2014, 3:03 pm

    The Chinese invasion of sub Sahara Africa is the downfall of the elephant population.

  22. Joseph Dembski
    Battle Creek, MI USA
    October 2, 2014, 1:13 pm

    What a terrible plight these beautiful animals suffer. It may sound drastic, but why don’t each of the countries where these elephants roam designate them as a ‘National Animal’ the killing of which is punishable by death. Maybe that would help.

  23. Mary Jane Kinkade
    United States
    October 2, 2014, 12:56 pm


  24. Andrea Gravel
    October 2, 2014, 12:53 pm

    These poachers are dirt. I know they are hungry. Maybe even starving and that’s a tough enemy. But others are too and they don’t poach. They need to be taken out and let the REAL evil people at the top tumble. There should be a death sentence for this. We have plenty of humans (so we can AFFORD to get rid of them) but elephants are rare and truly exceptional. Bless all those who care and actually work to make a difference.

  25. Shari Batt
    Midway BC
    October 2, 2014, 12:50 pm

    This makes me so mad. Humans will not be satisfied until all the animals, birds and fish are destroyed. Then we wont have to worry, there will be nothing. I wish the laws would change around the world and shoot anyone poaching anything. Hats off to all those that try to help. Sky Vet, and crew, your the best!!!

  26. liz bradford
    co kerry Ireland
    October 1, 2014, 5:39 am

    i dont know but i would like to know would it not be possible to remove the majority of the tusk so as to make it valueless to the poachers,and debud the rhinos so their horns wouldt grow i realize itts drastic but the suffering might be stopped.

  27. johan ojeda
    October 1, 2014, 1:49 am

    pues la verdad q no ay leyes bien duras para todos los cazadores furtivos esa forma de ganar dinero aciendo sufrir alos animales es intolerante

  28. Douglas Montgomery
    September 30, 2014, 8:52 am

    Not sure we deserve this planet.

    But good work, goes someway to restoring faith in humankind.

  29. Eric Paul
    Tampa, FL
    September 29, 2014, 8:28 pm

    1,000 poachers have been arrested. Ok, great…and then what? Leaving out the details of the arrests and sentencing doesn’t give us readers a clear picture at the overall issues feeding this ongoing dilemma. I have a feeling that punishment for killing these Elephants, or other protected species, is wayyyyyyy too light. Why doesn’t NatGeo also concentrate on the root problem that’s preventing a viable solution. I’m sure they’ll find plenty of unethical bribing going on between government and poachers/suppliers.

  30. jennifer
    colorado, u.s.a.
    September 29, 2014, 10:09 am

    wow. great job for the vet team. keep up the good work.

  31. Mohamed G Bah
    September 29, 2014, 8:23 am

    I feel proud of the team for their wonderful fight to save the elephants that were slowly dying from the poison. I am delighted to read your piece about the rescue and I feel part of the operation as read through. Thanks may Allah protect you in your daily search and rescue mission.

  32. chris
    cape town
    September 29, 2014, 4:56 am

    great article

  33. Jo
    Murphy , NC
    September 28, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Where can one give to support the cause?

  34. Carla Fletcher
    United States
    September 28, 2014, 12:55 pm

    These people are amazing. This animal was majestic! !! Thank you for saving him and others. It’s sad what poachers have done and do to these beautiful animal. They are not on this earth to torture and kill to make a fast buck!!! Just watching him walk off into the sun was an amazing site. They were created to live a long life span for a reason. Let them live !!!! Keep doing what your doing. You are in God’s good graces for what you do .

  35. Sunil kumar
    September 28, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Really its great …they have done great job….we need ti appreciate people who are really care about our environment and wildlife. ..

  36. Dr.S.M.Jalil.
    September 28, 2014, 10:30 am

    Sad affair. Why CITES is silent. Should respond quickly in such a case! a great job by the team- let humanity prevails for all creature.

  37. Ahn Hyun-Ju
    Berlin, Germany
    September 28, 2014, 10:29 am

    We are all with you. Thanks million times.

  38. Terence Tanner
    Jersey Channel Islands
    September 28, 2014, 10:27 am

    I have to take my hat off to these dedicated guys who look after these precious animals we have a capacity for good but there are far more evil bastards out in the wild places if they where starving and needed the food it would be different. Very well done GOD gave us all the animals in the world not to kill for profit but for powerful allies in keeping the eco system alive. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  39. ventadou sébastien
    September 28, 2014, 7:06 am

    arrêter les braconniers et les personne du commerce de l’ivoire pour qu’il soit emprisonner à vie car les éléphant et toute autre créature mérite de vivre pour les génération futur .qu’il n’est pas à découvrir sur des livres ou internet que l’homme à détruit tout les éléphants du monde et bien d’autre créature.n’abandonner jamais le combat.

  40. ventadou sébastien
    September 28, 2014, 6:55 am

    arrêter s’il vous plait les chasseurs car les éléphants et toute autre créature sur terre mérite de vivre

  41. Floc'h Emilie
    what ? I'm french
    September 28, 2014, 5:44 am

    I love elephants ♥

  42. Yassine
    September 28, 2014, 5:23 am

    Hi…! Thank you so much for this great and beautiful intervention…! GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I hope that you always find the means and the support to keep working in good condition, even we know it’s so hard to do it in Africa… But we have faith in you all to resist and give your best. Animals have the RIGHT to exist, to live in peace and to feel safe in their own places…! Just enough… Stop this cruel acts… We need all the creatures in the world whatever and whenever to maintain the world in good balance as everyone knows…! HAVE A GOOD LUCK…!

  43. patrick joshua
    September 28, 2014, 4:36 am

    great job…thank you for saving this wonderful animal…keep doing this great work….Thank you

  44. naved syed
    karachi pakistan
    September 28, 2014, 3:32 am

    gr8 job hats off

  45. Fiona Roland
    New Zealand
    September 28, 2014, 3:05 am

    Thank you for saving this innocent elephant and for all the hours spent looking out for them.

  46. Dr L A K Singh
    September 28, 2014, 2:21 am

    You were swift.
    You were compassionate.
    You were well planned.
    Success came to you.

  47. Stiffer Punishment
    September 28, 2014, 2:18 am

    The technique is passed down through the generations and is sadly very effective”
    I really think its sad prison is not enough a detterent and puts a fiscal burden on the peoples of these poor countries that should not be there. Im of the opinion that they should be crucified. I would think the corpses of poachers be left up for other poachers to see would be a good detterent. Short lived detterent that it would be as they would be recycledinto the ecosystem rather quickly by birds and meat eating mammals. For a longer lasting detterent if they cant murder these murderers, rather than crucify them should have their tusks removed, and Im not talking teeth. When detusking them they should remove their hangers as well so they cant produce the material to spawn more poachers to hand down techniques from generation to generation. Visually maiming them as the removal of their nose leav them a gaping hole in their face so no one can not notice them all should see the disgrace that they bring upon themselves. Functional maiming by the removal of the middle ring and index fingers and half of each thumb , leaving them with a pinky and a half a thumb for the rest of ther days so as to be a walking reminder to everyone else that people will not stand for this kind of activity. Their bloodline will end with them. Humankind can live on without them. Their presence is not only destroying bloodlines of these animals they risk the existence of the species. Allowing these practices to continue should not be an option, increasingly drastic measures are needed to put an end to these atrocities. People might think “how could you do this to another human being” However I see it as an appropriate level of punishment that they are bringing upon themselves. We need to give them what they deserve. And those caught further up the smuggling chain should receive like punishment. They can think about what they did to deserve it and it would leave reverberating effects rippling up the chain of command. Personally I believe that lower level people in the chain facing such punishment would quickly roll over onto the people above them and quickly take out what is left of the smuggling ring. Being many times when they get the low level smugglers they are quickly replaced, and they dont get the people running them. Getting to the top of the chain is necessary. People gotta start at the bottom to get to the top.

  48. Taban
    Juba , South Sudan
    September 28, 2014, 2:08 am

    My heart bleeds when I see heartless poachers causing harm to our wildlife. The African governments should enact laws that will see convicted poacher jailed for life or hanged to deter others from doing so.

  49. Prasad Solasa
    September 28, 2014, 1:27 am

    Great job, docs! God bless you and give strength to carry on your good work!

  50. Gunther Allen
    United States
    September 27, 2014, 11:48 pm

    I’m so thankful for people who are so dedicated to save these magnificent animals. It frustrates me that the people who kill for the ivory obviously will continue to do so for greed and just to make a living. There is a total disconnect that allows poachers to do so much damage. Stiffer penalties like life in prison may change the minds of those who try to kill for profit.

  51. ramon m. usison
    September 27, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Geeat job, please dont give up. Continue saving wild lifes.Save the elephants, jail the poachers.

  52. Carolyn LeBlanc
    September 27, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Thank you for saving him and all the others who would be lost without you. Can you post a link to SkyVet, we would contribute also.

  53. Dave Ruddock
    United Kingdom
    September 27, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Rhino horns are fitted with tracking devices, why can not Elephants be the same ?
    Obviously not all the Elephants have to have one, just a couple in each group.
    That way if an Elephant is taken then the tusk can be located and the main dealers dealt with.
    The local tribes who are killing Elephants should be encouraged financially to give up the names of their contacts.
    The sentence for killing a protected species should be 20 years minimum and all assets seized.
    KWS should seek to recruit suitably trained ex service people
    to patrol the parks [ this is what happens on private game reserves] All this cost a great deal of money but 50 years down the line when there only a handful of these beautiful animals left then it will be too late. As human beings we are all responsible.
    The cost of two guided bombs, the type they are now dropping on a daily basis would fund the whole project for a number of years.
    As an Ex member of the services I would if
    [ I was younger } give my services for free to help.

  54. Jennifer Estrella
    Dominican Republic
    September 27, 2014, 4:32 pm

    What a wonderful article to read! So glad that you are there to take care of the elephants both for their sake and for the rest of us. What measures can be taken to stop this? I know that if the demand were not there, the poachers would not be there either, but is some kind of an agreement being made with the Chinese authorities so that they fine or incarcerate people distributing and buying goods made out of exotic animal parts? Without this, it will just keep happening again and again and one day you won’t get there fast enough to save the animals. What can I, and people like me who live very far away, do to bring about change?

  55. Chaudhry Sufyan
    September 27, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Dear Doctors, Thanks to Serve.

  56. Chaudhry Sufyan
    September 27, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Dear Doctors, Thank you to serve.

  57. Gillian
    September 27, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Great Job – May GOD continue to bless you all!

  58. Ken
    September 27, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Some thought ought to be given to why these poachers are poaching. Do they have no other means of survival, or are they just greedy and wicked. Lock the latter up and throw away the key, but life is complex.

  59. Linda
    September 27, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Great job well done. Greed will be responsible for many species becoming extinct in the next 50-100 years. Why do we have to destroy the beauty of nature for short term gain??? Money will come and go but once a species is destroyed it can never be replaced. Will we never learn???

  60. Uzma Razzaq Khan
    Karachi Pakistan
    September 27, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Great heart touching work I love elephant. Accept my prays keep it up

  61. Abhishek Ghosh
    September 27, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Great Job.. Wish the Team Best wishes for future Endeavours .. Also wish the elephant lives a hearty Life !!

  62. Milena
    September 27, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much, please don’t let those devils to kill poor animals….. just save them, and arrest for life sentence the poachers.

  63. Tarequl Islam Munna
    September 27, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Brave effort. These beautiful creatures deserve the best conservation money can buy. Please don’t stop!! Thank you.

  64. Hosen
    September 27, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Guys you made me grateful!!!! Thanks a loooooooot!!

  65. Janderson Oliveira
    São Paulo, Brazil
    September 27, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Beautiful work, congratulations.

  66. Prakash Shrestha
    September 27, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Good human beings…….Great Job

  67. steve
    MD, USA
    September 27, 2014, 12:10 pm

    That’s a great job. That great animal is saved for now.
    But for how long ??
    He is still walking around with that 3 meters long tusks, and can still be threaten at any time.
    The rescue workers should have removed at least part of those long tusks before leaving him to roam around again..

  68. Math Flair
    September 27, 2014, 12:10 pm

    You are wonderful! Thank goodness for people like you!

  69. Wix
    September 27, 2014, 11:18 am

    You guys are great! Good work! Keep it up!
    We all support your cause!

  70. Savy
    September 27, 2014, 11:14 am

    great job! I think another action that should be considered is safely removing the tusks. If they aren’t there then they won’t be a target. I saw it done with rhinos for the same reason.

  71. Vivaquan
    United Kingdom
    September 27, 2014, 10:59 am

    You guys are truly amazing <3 I wish I'll have a chance to work with you!

  72. Bandara
    Sri Lanka
    September 27, 2014, 10:36 am

    Great job guys as Sri Lankans we all salute you

  73. Devin
    September 27, 2014, 10:29 am

    Greet job:)
    Thank you to save wildlife:)

  74. Renuka Sharon
    Perth Australia
    September 27, 2014, 10:02 am

    Great work and Thank you. We need to save elephants and stop all this wild life slaughter. Wish I could join you and help. Don’t arrest the poachers – shoot on site and the idea of giving them Ebola virus to spread amongst themselves is good but I would worry they may spread it to the monkeys and chimpanzees etc

  75. Neevy Laningham
    United States
    September 27, 2014, 9:16 am

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart! A picture with a thousand words, It brought me tears.

  76. João
    September 27, 2014, 9:16 am

    Excelente !

  77. Ellen Villar
    September 27, 2014, 8:09 am

    Great job! Keep on! Preserve life in the animal kingdom..

  78. ACH
    North Carolina
    September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

    Thank God there are people who truly care and have the ability to help these magnificent creatures. Thank you!

    September 27, 2014, 7:51 am

    Fantastic job. I wish I had so much of money to build an army to protect these innocent, defenseless animals. Couple of comments are worth noting. The U.S. spend billions to destroy other countries saying that they are saving the world. How? If 1% of that money spend to save these poor animals, they would create a better world. Also, kill the poachers mercilessly as they kill the animals. Stop the Chinese ‘invasion’ in to the animal world. Can the U.S. as the self appointed ‘world police’ do something?

  80. Peter Afram
    September 27, 2014, 7:34 am

    Agree that China has the main responsibility for the eradication of both the elephant and rhinoceros and tiger. The market is at this stupid foul ignorant and superstitious china culture. But one should shoot and kill any poachers to highlight that it is serious and that it will have consequences for poachers. Loves people who rescue these fine animals should be protected and preserved

  81. Ömer
    September 27, 2014, 7:26 am

    Western and Zionist killing people know better. ostensible humanity

  82. anup
    September 27, 2014, 6:52 am

    I will like to join your KWS TEAM

  83. Nitai Das
    Calcutta, India
    September 27, 2014, 6:43 am

    It’s a great rescue operation….Regards to the otherity…

  84. Susan Brown
    September 27, 2014, 6:41 am

    Amazing work. Can’t thank you enough for all that you do for the plight of elephants. Please don’t stop!! Thank you, Thank you.

  85. Arsalan Siddiqui
    United States
    September 27, 2014, 6:32 am

    Good job!

  86. Katja
    September 27, 2014, 6:28 am

    Great job, well done to the team. What is the punishment for poachers? How can the demand for ivory be limited and what can we do in everyday life to support the cause?

  87. Martin goats
    September 27, 2014, 6:21 am

    Great work guys….i wish u could form a group that can train some of us to assist you as non-paid members on our leave days

  88. Richard
    September 27, 2014, 6:13 am

    Standing ovation

    * clap clap clap clap *

  89. sombra
    September 27, 2014, 5:49 am

    agree with jamal49

  90. Andrzej
    September 27, 2014, 5:41 am

    Great job!
    You are heroes!

  91. Ivan Ivanov
    September 27, 2014, 4:52 am

    Great work !!!

  92. titus
    voi kenya
    September 27, 2014, 4:49 am

    good job thanks alot

  93. Thiagarajan Duraisamy
    September 27, 2014, 4:47 am

    Great job guys. Now to shoot the poisoned arrow back at the poachers.

  94. Gail Grange
    United Kingdom
    September 27, 2014, 4:46 am

    It is sad that this has to happen. Thank you Sky vets. x

  95. Jovana
    September 27, 2014, 4:32 am

    Beautiful indeed..thank you!

  96. Jai krishn
    September 27, 2014, 4:28 am

    Great Job.. Keep the good works bro.. really happie to see the animal back to its position 🙂

  97. Andrei
    September 27, 2014, 4:26 am


  98. Denniz
    Nairobi, Kenya
    September 27, 2014, 4:09 am

    You guys are our heroes, thank you alot

  99. Peter Hoffman
    The Netherlands
    September 27, 2014, 4:08 am

    Job well done guys thank you very very must in the name of this BIG tusker!!!

  100. jamal49
    United States
    September 27, 2014, 4:03 am

    The Chinese are primarily responsible for this as well as for the poaching of Rhinoceros for their horns because the Chinese are the market being supplied. What is needed is a mercenary army, funded by the world’s people, to go after poachers and kill them before they kill innocent, defenseless animals. There is no other way to stop this. Maybe then, poachers will get the message what they do will not be tolerated and will have consequences.

  101. Dalin
    September 27, 2014, 4:01 am

    Wonderful job ! love seeing more video of people rescuing more and more animals from the ignorant people they face along their way

  102. Lena Frisén
    September 27, 2014, 4:00 am

    Lovely people…

  103. Lena Frisén
    September 27, 2014, 4:00 am

    Lovely people….

  104. kosala Randika
    Sri Lanka
    September 27, 2014, 3:55 am

    Thank you all done this….. All are needed to gather for saving our world,

  105. Abdikadir
    September 27, 2014, 3:46 am

    Love you guyz and thanx for the gud job ur doing.

  106. BJ Paul
    September 27, 2014, 3:41 am

    Brave effort!! but, only four aircrafts and a helicopter?? you need more ammo.. and such brave people!! btw, here’s their donate page

  107. Abhishek Singh Gaharwar
    September 27, 2014, 3:35 am

    Really very mwork for nature & humenity

  108. sami
    September 27, 2014, 3:26 am

    bravo ,continuez ce combat important pour l’humanité

  109. raina.doskacharova
    September 27, 2014, 3:24 am

    great respect for the people who care for punish poachers?

  110. rohan wagh
    September 27, 2014, 3:16 am

    These beautiful creatures deserve the best conservation money can buy. Kudos to the conservationists…. thank you.
    Is there a sky vet operation in India ?

  111. David Taylor
    September 27, 2014, 3:12 am

    big thank you from the little island of Guernsey top job xx

  112. vicki s
    September 27, 2014, 3:04 am

    I hope all poachers catch ebola and don’t survive

  113. vicki s
    United States
    September 27, 2014, 3:02 am

    I hope all poachers catch ebola and die

  114. Rapthi De Silva
    September 27, 2014, 2:51 am

    Thank you so much to the David Sheldrick wild life officials and the good people at the Kenya wild life service. May you be blessed for saving these great voiceless innocent animals. May all the poachers and people involved in buying ivory die the same way and rot in hell. You all are beyond despicable.

  115. Burayzat
    September 27, 2014, 2:45 am

    God bless you and give you strength, that is how humans should be, cherishing life.

  116. Grace
    September 27, 2014, 2:42 am

    This brought on some tears. Thank you for saving this elephant’s life.

  117. julie sanford
    September 27, 2014
    September 27, 2014, 2:41 am

    Thank you for your undying efforts to save these magnificent beasts. 🙂

  118. Perry Dave Binuya
    September 27, 2014, 2:40 am

    Please save more elephants, I want my future kids to see them, not only in pictures.

    Thank you and great job !!

  119. Saad Bashir
    September 27, 2014, 2:37 am

    Thank you

  120. Alamin
    Saudi Arabia
    September 27, 2014, 2:13 am

    Keep up the good work guys. I have been completely impressed by the effort you have done to save the life of this Giant elephant. The government of Kenya must enforce strict rules of those found poaching. Jail sentences isn’t enough for them. The right thing is to eliminate them from this world, once and for all without a slightest hesitation.

  121. Jennifer Pyatt
    September 27, 2014, 2:03 am

    i love elephants and applaude the people that save these beautiful creatures lives. Somehow we must try and educate the Chinese, as to how wrong it is kill elephants for their tusks to make stupid potions and trinkets for their indulgence.

  122. Deon van der Vyver
    South Africa
    September 27, 2014, 1:52 am

    Thanks for the people that save our wildlife. You do a wonderful work God bless. It is time for the Politicians to really show their colour and get actively involved in saving the Wildlife of Africa, our heritage.

  123. ahmed
    September 27, 2014, 1:51 am

    Salute to u guys we proud on u my prays r with you u r real heroes save lifes save humanity

  124. Miss MJ Kolker
    Curacao Antiiles
    September 27, 2014, 1:19 am

    Bless u and great work !!!
    But… there need to be find a way to color ruin the white tusks… so they will be worthless…

  125. Katka
    September 27, 2014, 1:15 am

    Thank-You for all that you do!!!!

  126. SANGIRA
    September 27, 2014, 1:09 am

    Bravo!! Bravo!! Bravo

  127. Sen
    September 27, 2014, 12:56 am

    Hats off to the team!!!

  128. Alma Dominguez Sigala
    San Antonio, Texas
    September 27, 2014, 12:30 am

    Thank God more people and more countries are fighting hard to preserve and protect wildlife from becoming extinct. That would be devasting! Thank you to brave people for all of their hard work!

  129. askgum drakon
    September 27, 2014, 12:29 am

    Estas cosas me enferman el alma, me siento muy triste por estos animales maravillosos pero a la ves esta gente malvada los hace quedar como lastimosos !

  130. Simon
    September 27, 2014, 12:19 am

    Kudos. Great work

  131. Dekiere H.A
    September 27, 2014, 12:06 am

    Poisoned for his tusk some are for their gold!

  132. Clara Tomeka
    September 26, 2014, 11:58 pm

    Well done for the good work you guys do !

  133. Ryan
    September 26, 2014, 11:58 pm

    The people doing this kind of work are the best definition of what it means to be human.


  134. Anand Barua
    India, Meghalaya
    September 26, 2014, 11:51 pm

    seeing the video on youtube on rescueing the injured elephant has compelled me to admire from d bottom of my heart to those vets and field worker and d pilot who has put all effort to rescue d elephant

  135. BritinCan
    September 26, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Wonderful work….. these animals need to be saved and the ones doing the poaching need to be caught and stopped. China or whichever country is buying the ivory should know better….its just not right. STOP PLEASE!!

  136. Nileeni
    Sri Lanka
    September 26, 2014, 11:42 pm

    Angels you guys are in disguise as Humans….
    We need more of you on Earth….

  137. Carla de la Fuente
    Buenos Aires Argentina
    September 26, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Bueno trabajo! grate work, god bless the doctors!

  138. marcie
    Birmingham al 35242
    September 26, 2014, 11:23 pm

    Please keep doing such great work!!!

  139. patrick
    United States
    September 26, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Anyone know the best place to donate to these efforts?
    Please don’t pray for elephants, give money instead it will actually do something instead of just make you feel better.

  140. Muddassir
    September 26, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Great Work people, God bless you all. It felt really bad to see the beautiful creature lying that way. In my religion we are taught not to hurt even the tiniest of creatures if its not hurting us in anyway.

  141. Dushyant
    Boston, USA
    September 26, 2014, 10:29 pm

    These forest rangers are real life heroes!! International demand for ivory is driving these beautiful species to extinction. We all should do more animal charity as they deserve more compassion and love..

  142. Jen Ross
    New York, USA
    September 26, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Thank you to this vet team for warming our hearts all over the world through this story. These are true heroes!!! Yours is perhaps the most significant job in the world right now, vets. Thank you! Now how do we crack down on the ivory market for real?

  143. Nilesh
    September 26, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Hi Guys, Fantastic job. We thank you for your hard work to preserve this amazing animal.

  144. Richard Joyce
    September 26, 2014, 10:21 pm

    Why didn’t they cut off the tusks, to reduce the chance of it happening again. Surely just a matter of time for this beast 🙁

  145. Jeffrey sales
    September 26, 2014, 10:20 pm

    Keep us the good work guys….God be with us together and apart…God Bless DSWT….MORE POWER..SAVE more Elephant….

  146. Matt
    September 26, 2014, 10:20 pm

    I think the conservancy agencies need snipers to just sit back and knock these ass hats to the ground…

  147. Jasmine Han
    September 26, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Well done! My Salute to Neville Shedrick and the KWS team! When the buying stop, the killing stop. Let’s hope for a better tomorrow for the wildlife!

  148. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Penelas
    Torres Vedras- Portugal.
    September 26, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Nao tolero em ver situaçoes do genero. Por ex: Animais que tem sido vitimas dos caçadores furtivos, com fins lucrativos; as calamidades naturais, que tem atingido, directa, ou indirecta a nossa fauna animal; lhes retirando o bem mais precioso (sustento, e o sossego). E porque nao dizer tambem: das guerras… Poderia enumerar diversas situaçoes do genero etc, etc.

  149. Hetram Verma
    Groton, MA, USA
    September 26, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I mean!!!…how ‘humans’…who are supposed to be the ‘intelligent’ species of living beings…can ‘kill life’ so easily. Being human am ashamed of it. In the last i will just say if you want eternal and beautiful ‘world’ please stop ‘torturing/ killing’ innocent lives. Our ‘greatest ancestors’ did it b’cz they didn’t had much of the choice (i.e. illiterate, non-developed and in verdure stage. C’mmon ppl grow up, lookup in those innocent eyes and think only once if ‘thats your life’, would you still have heart to take life???????? am sorry…but i dont think so…its not a comment…but a humble request on behalf of ‘life’…b’cz i know what its like if somebody tries to kill you!!!

    Thank you,
    A Person with ‘human heart’

  150. Abhijit Chattopadhyay
    India West Bengal Howrah Salkia 3 Tripura Roy Lane
    September 26, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Please carry on the good work. Your service will definitely inspire others to follow your suit.Consciousness for wild life conservation has to be developed in every nation to stop such crimes.

  151. Lily Lieu
    September 26, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Thank you for saving them!

  152. Kim
    San Francisco, CA
    September 26, 2014, 9:46 pm

    Why can’t we employ the help of Droids to monitor for poaching activities and then could alert nearby Rangers???

  153. Judy Neal
    September 26, 2014, 9:32 pm

    Wonderful work, but so distressingly sad that it is needed. I sometimes wonder if the poachers and the illegal ivory and meat trades will ever be on the wane.The big losers will always be the elephants, rhino and other big game.

  154. Anette Acosta
    United States
    September 26, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I’m so agree with you Guitton Michelle.

  155. Mai
    Viet Nam
    September 26, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Thank you! This is the most beautiful sence I have ever seen.

  156. Joy
    September 26, 2014, 9:19 pm

    I love elephants!!!,,.keep up the good good work guys!!!always help them to live….

  157. Jen
    September 26, 2014, 9:18 pm

    You are hero’s !! People will not be happy until nothing is left , all of our beautiful animals will be gone. Thank you for your hard work!!

  158. Tammy
    September 26, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Nice work vets. These poachers should be put in front of a firing squad. Waste of society. Arrested and let back out to do the same. Too many bleeding hearts.

  159. Raul
    September 26, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Heroes of the Wild… God Bless you all… stay strong and safe!

  160. Raid
    September 26, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Thank God for this kind men

  161. rem
    September 26, 2014, 9:09 pm

    It’s ironic how people are being killed and nobody cares. When an elephant goes down they all rush for a rescue. I am not saying that this should not happen, elephant being rescued. That’s totally normal. I am just saying that the whole situation is ironic, and it’s the truth.

  162. Raid
    September 26, 2014, 9:08 pm

    Thanks god for this kind men

  163. Cheryl Kottke
    September 26, 2014, 9:04 pm

    God Bless everyone of you doing this remarkable job of helping one of God’s creatures. Please keep up the great work. I just cannot imagine a world without elephants or any other of the many species in danger of extinction thru this butality.

  164. Julie Ann
    September 26, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Thank you for saving the poor elephant but i hope that you will also do something to stop the poachers, catch and punish them. This is needed so that no more animals will become a victim. I’m sure you guys are aware of that already so please make it as early as possible!

  165. Billy
    September 26, 2014, 8:59 pm

    There should be a bounty on the heads of any poachers or endangered species.

  166. Bárbara Elizabeth Cabañas Castillo
    September 26, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Happy ending. I wish there have been more security to stop poaching. Animals deserve to live peacefully.

  167. David Marr
    Connecticut, USA
    September 26, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful work that you do. I sincerely hope
    That someday people will be enlightened enough to make it
    Unnessecary. God Bless you all!


  168. Shifaan T
    September 26, 2014, 8:50 pm

    As sad as it might seem, wouldn’t removing or trimming the tusks during such operations ensure more safety for the elephant from future poachers?

  169. Carlos Cruz Velasco
    Hermosillo, Sonora, México
    September 26, 2014, 8:49 pm

    Dios bendiga a éste equipo de personas y les de muchas fuerzas para seguir auxiliando a éstos inocentes animales de los infelices y desgraciados cazadores furtivos. Bendiciones a todas las familias del equipo que hace ésta hermosa labor de cuidar y proteger a los elefantes.

  170. Tiger Mills
    Kalauao, Hawaii
    September 26, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Thank you Sky Vet, I will be making a contribution to this organization! And thank you National Geographic for illustrating that there is an active organization that I know funds will be utilized for the elephants and to Paul Steyn for bringing this to the public’s attention.

  171. Chris
    ontario canada
    September 26, 2014, 8:32 pm

    awesome! we should have poachers hunting the poachers… good job guys

  172. José Marzolla
    September 26, 2014, 8:31 pm

    An exemplary work and dedication. What dignifies humanity, knowing that there is people who devote their lives sublime As these missions. Congratulations and continue comesta mission so Important for all humanity and life on this planet.

  173. Alexander Gomez
    Rutherford NJ, USA
    September 26, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Great Work!!! How can we contribute to SkyVet??? Please let me know. Thanks.

  174. Wayne Orr
    September 26, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Cut their tusks now to save them. If they are going to be killed WITH tusks, let’s save them by removing the demand, while we educate the superstitious ignorant.

  175. José Marzolla
    Bauru- Brasil
    September 26, 2014, 8:17 pm

    Um trabalho e uma dedicação exemplar . O que dignifica a humanidade, saber que existe pessoas que devotam suas vidas em missões sublimes como esta. Felicitações e que continuem com esta missão tão importante para toda a humanidade , e a vida deste planeta.

  176. Junaid
    September 26, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Great 🙂 I always wants to be part of these kind of work,

    Thank you for saving nature

  177. Michael Burke
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    September 26, 2014, 8:16 pm

    You are all among the best of humanity, God bless you. What will it take to stop the poachers?

  178. Esther
    September 26, 2014, 7:51 pm

    God bless these wonderful vets. Thank you for your love, kindness, and amazing work that you do.

  179. clare howe elliott
    New Zealand
    September 26, 2014, 7:43 pm

    The western world HAS to stop paying homage to the Chinese money machine-there are SO many things wrong with their systems-for humans and animals-that morally there is no way we should be trading with them-it gives them a sense of importance whereby they assume they can get away with anything,even ivory /rhino/lion/bear bile products with impunity.THEY MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO THINK THIS WAY!They are barbarians and hypocrites,and need to be stopped-otherwise they will be a superpower with no scruples whatsoever-what happened last time when we had that…..

  180. Kitavi Mutua
    Kitui County, Kenya
    September 26, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Well done Dr Poghon, Keep it up.

  181. Hugo
    September 26, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Is awsome all the movement that requires to keep this species on earth. Joyfully are people there, willing to make that effort for them

  182. Chris Pudel
    Ajax, ON Canada
    September 26, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Thank you for the work that you all do. We need to stop the needless demand for ivory. By raising awareness and supporting conservation efforts might we all win this war of poaching.

  183. Sonia Belanger
    Pitman, New Jersey
    September 26, 2014, 7:33 pm

    I am so sad to hear of such heartless actions…I love elephants. Thank you for those amazing Vets who took the time to take care of the poor wounded elephant! Keep up the awesome work and you are all in my heart!

  184. Siva
    September 26, 2014, 7:23 pm

    SkyVets you are absolutely wonderful.

  185. C Johnson
    September 26, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Thank you for all you do… There is a special place in heaven for all of your team. Elephants are this worlds beautiful creatures. I feel sick every time I see this, And yet so grateful that I also know your team is out there.

  186. Jeremy k
    San diego,ca
    September 26, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Thank you guys so much for doing this,i hope those poachers burn in hell.

  187. Peter
    Prešov Slovensko
    September 26, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Klobuk dole ďakujem za vašu pracu.

  188. Kary Patra
    suez Egypt
    September 26, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I think we should try to start a fund raising to help the trips living around elephants to start local business or agriculture to keep their minds away from the elephants as financial support an alternative to killing the elephants we can’t keep them hungry and ask them not to kill

  189. Kim Williams
    September 26, 2014, 7:07 pm

    Thankyou for all you do to save our precious elephants. What a shame it has come to this.

  190. Luis Silva
    Messines, Portugal
    September 26, 2014, 7:04 pm

    Great Job. Thank you for your valuable work DSWT. Sadly humanity will only regret when the no return point is reached.

  191. tom milo
    tucson az
    September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Good job but want the porchers return for the tusks. I would think they should have been removed?

  192. Steve
    Erie pa.
    September 26, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Wonderful job keep up the good work!!!!

  193. Tom
    September 26, 2014, 6:49 pm

    I wish I could shoot poachers with poison.

  194. Lauren McLeesAllen
    Renton , Wa., USA
    September 26, 2014, 6:44 pm

    There MUST be a solution! Can’t the tusk-buds be removed in infancy? I realize that this would be unfavorable for the elephants, but if we could do I it for a few generations the poachers would die out and it would give the elephants a chance at life!

  195. Mikiós
    September 26, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Very nice work! Congratulations!

  196. anil kanji
    September 26, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I really like your job you have human beings for animals you all are the shining star in this world may God bless you and all of your team

  197. Linda
    September 26, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Stop the Asians from buying ivory!!! What the hell is wrong with these people!? Killing innocent animals to display and show off your wealth! I’m Chinese and I can’t stand these people hurting and killing animals for their greed. Thank you vet team and anti poachers for all that you do!

  198. Tara Milner
    United States
    September 26, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Tears of joy, thank you for all you do

  199. Siue Allen
    September 26, 2014, 6:36 pm

    China: bad politics, no ethics , sweat shop production. Would anyone cry if Chins just dropped off the planet

  200. Bobby
    September 26, 2014, 6:34 pm

    Good work and god bless.

  201. Darlene Murphy
    September 26, 2014, 6:30 pm

    p.s. A huge Thank You to those that work to keep safe the elephants and their efforts! God speed toyou all!

  202. Henry Shand
    New Zealand
    September 26, 2014, 6:30 pm

    How are the poachers punished? Death?

  203. Darlene Murphy
    United States
    September 26, 2014, 6:27 pm

    China and their greedy want of ivory is sickening! Why cant we as Nations DO something to put an end to this? I dont understand. Elephants are very special creatures! Just look into their eyes; they see your soul.

  204. Xernan
    Los Angeles
    September 26, 2014, 6:21 pm

    You’re doing God’s work! keep it up!

  205. Abdullah Nemer
    Ad Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    September 26, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Great job

  206. Mimi
    September 26, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Thank you for what you do! Other than being against nature (a big step!) why aren’t the tusks removed at the wildlife parks so these atrocities can’t happen?

  207. Kathy
    Toronto, Canada
    September 26, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Beautiful work! It’s scary to see how easily these gentle giants can be taken down, but heart-warming to know they are being monitored and people are standing by to help. I hope will all my heart that the market for ivory and rhino tusks will end soon!

  208. Susan LaBuda
    September 26, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Thank You, Nat Geo for your tireless work to help save these magnificent, endangered animals. I wish a poison death to poachers and buyers of elephant ivory. May you suffer as these.

  209. guitton michelle
    September 26, 2014, 2:50 pm

    It should be necessary to thwart chineese market. That could save, spare a lot of animals

  210. guitton michelle
    September 26, 2014, 2:37 pm

    il serait nécessaire de contrecarrer le marché chinois, cela sauverait beaucoup d’animaux !!!

  211. Svenja Winter
    The Netherlands
    September 26, 2014, 2:23 pm

    You are so terrific people!!! Please keep up the good work. Ireally love you guys!!!

  212. Nichole
    North Carolina
    September 26, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Thank-You for all that you do!!!!

  213. Renate Lundgren
    September 26, 2014, 2:01 pm

    You are doing a wonderful and important work, you are living my dream, thank you and bless you all.

  214. Deanna Jolly
    September 26, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I am always amazed how you work so efficiently in the field. Thank you.

  215. Joanne
    Scotland. UK
    September 26, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Keep up the good work. I love animals especially elephants. i have beautiful elephant ornaments. It is so sad what these folk are doing.I’m a artist and have done a in-depth drawing of a herd of elephants.(It’s on my timeline. I love a lot of other wild animals.So please never give up on them.

  216. Anuradha
    September 26, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Saying Thank u would be less as u stake ur life but we r indebted dswt .u r always in our prayers .may u save all elephants from poachers n rescue them …thank u thank u n thank u

  217. Neeley
    September 26, 2014, 11:50 am

    Thank you DSWT for all you do in your efforts to save African Elephants. Every one of them Counts!!!

  218. amy
    September 26, 2014, 11:45 am

    i pray for elephants everyday! the govt of nations most hard hit by poachers must enact stricter laws for the worst offenders – the kingpin poachers. even the US is offensive – with its billions in military aid to other nations compared to much less for wildlife protection.

  219. Marjorie Tudor
    September 26, 2014, 11:37 am

    My heart is filled with joy to know what you are doing to save the lives of these wondrous creatures.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  220. Jeannie
    Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
    September 26, 2014, 10:07 am

    How can we contribute to SkyVet?

  221. Wildlife Margrit
    September 26, 2014, 7:54 am

    Great work! Please never give up the fight to save the elephants of Africa…. thank you.