In March 2014, Satao, an iconic bull elephant with 100 lb. tusks that practically scraped the rust-red earth, was spotted during the Great Elephant Census aerial surveys over Tsavo National Park. This is the last time he was seen a live.
I’m not the only one who has to queue at immigration checkpoints. I spotted this elephant at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana. About 55% of Africa’s elephant population lives in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area or "KAZA" region, where five countries share a border. The lead partner on the census project, Elephants Without Borders, calls the KAZA region home. The elephants in this area, like this one, are actively crossing borders without a thought to their passports.