By John Heminway
Satao was thought to be the largest-tusked elephant surviving in Africa. While he lived, he was a talisman of a wild land; in death, another tragic example of conservation’s failure.
Satao’s life and legend recalls those of Ahmed, an emblematic elephant known to many during the 1960s and 1970s. Ahmed inhabited the forests of Marsabit National Reserve, on a mountain rising out of the scrublands of northern Kenya. His tusks were presumed to be the longest and heaviest in Africa.
Ahmed, Kenya’s largest tusk elephant, central to the plot in The Games End. Ahmed is bronzed and stands in front of the Nairobi Museum in Kenya . Former President Kenyatta issued a degree to protect him when he was alive.
Hollywood goes to East Africa to make a film but struggles with Africanization, intrigue and murder to save the elephant. The film story is a “Moby Dick” theme that is played out with a great elephant, Ahmed, that captures the adventure and romance of its great cast of characters who find them-selves in the African bush working to save the game, but running into opposition every way they turn.It also brings awareness to the poaching of elephants, and how if we don’t start saving the elephants they will no longer be with us.The Author has been to Africa himself many times and witnessed the tragedies, from which he got the inspiration needed to write the book.