A family of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) traverses a parched landscape in Botswana. Across Africa, elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks, and the fight to save them has evolved into a war against a sophisticated criminal syndicate with ties to global terrorism. Increasingly, the syndicate's foot soldiers—poachers—are armed with advanced tools and weapons, which are aimed not only at elephants, but also at the humans who stand in the way. On page 6, Bill Clark and John Irwin discuss their efforts to ensure that rangers in Kenya have the best possible training and equipment to defend wildlife… and each other.
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