ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

The world has needlessly lost a beautiful, noble animal and Ian Somerhalder wants you to know all about it. Knowledge is power after all, and the Vampire Diaries actor and environmentalist is determined that this elephant's life will not be lost in vain.

Earlier this week a majestic 45-year-old elephant named Satao, who was believed to be the biggest elephant in Africa, was killed with poison arrows for his enormous, valuable tusks.

Tragic pictures have been released showing the huge bull elephant roaming in his natural habitat alongside his dismembered body. Only the tusks were taken.

Satao and his brutalised body
Satao and his brutalised body

Seeing pictures like this is enough to get anybody seething with anger over the murder of such a wonderful creature, but it all seemed to much for Ian Somerhalder.

[The Vampire Diaries](series:200853) actor took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Satao and spur his huge following into supporting preventative measure so poaching tragedies like this will never happen again.

You can read the series of Somerhalder's emotional quotes below;

The newly named UN environmental ambassador, of course, went on to put his money where his mouth is by launching a campaign at the Ian Somerhalder foundation entitled "Killing for Tusks". The page explains that;

According to observations, healthy adult elephants have no natural predators, although lions may take calves or weak individuals. They are, however, threatened by human intrusion and poaching. The threat to the African elephant presented by the ivory trade is unique to the species. A bill has been created in efforts to protect the African Elephant as well as the Rhinoceros, Tiger, and Asian Elephant. To learn more about the bill, please visit here: Please circulate the information and call your elected officials to see how they can help pass this law and make it a reality to SAVE the elephants!

To do your bit to save elephants in Africa from the horrors of the ivory trade, you can make a donation to charities such as the International Anti Poaching Foundation or, Born Free. Rangers risk their life to protect these animals everyday, and they need your support to continue.


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(Source: International Business Times via The Ian Somerhalder Foundation)

(Images: Petra and Blogspot)


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