Two weeks after the elephant's body was found, authorities captured the people suspected of killing Satao II. The two men were found with an AK-47, bows and 12 poison arrows. It's believed that a poison arrow is what killed Satao II.
Satao, another great tusker after whom Satao II was named, met the same fate in 2014, shot by poachers with poison arrows. When people found his body, his face had been mutilated where his tusks had been hacked off.
These are just some of the more visible victims of the ivory trade. But it's estimated that as many as 100 African elephants are killed each day to feed an insatiable demand for ivory.
"The death of Satao II shows that the threat to elephants - even those who are well-known and well-studied - remains tragically pervasive across the elephant's range," Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, told The Dodo. "The thirst for ivory persists, despite widespread awareness of the plight of elephants and the risks to their long-term conservation."
Even though China, where much of the demand for ivory lies, has taken steps to shut down its ivory trade by the end of this year, closing the first ivory carving factories this month, progress just didn't come fast enough to save Satao II.