Applaud Capture of Elephant Poacher

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Target: Richard Bonham, Director of African Operations for the Big Life Foundation.

Goal: Commend the skilled tracking and capture of a notorious elephant poacher

A major elephant poacher in Africa has officially been sentenced to seven years in prison without bail. The elephant killer, Kerumpoti Leyian, was caught red-handed with two elephant tusks and a full python skin. Officials with the Big Life Foundation (BLF) partnered with another organization to track the poacher. Successful detention of the killer came after two tries; BLF did everything in its power to bring this terrible man to justice, with great success.

Two BLF scouts, along with well-trained tracker dogs, initially found the tusk-less elephant and initiated a man hunt for the person who took his tusks. Leyian had been on the lam for about a year after he was initially caught, but was granted bail. The BLF did not give up on attempting to find him after Leyian did not show up for his court hearing following his release. After months of evading the police, Leyian was finally found living with a relative in his home village. He was taken into custody again, not granted bail, and sentenced to seven years in prison for his crimes.

Tracking an elephant murderer is no simple task. Following, finding and detaining a poacher is extremely dangerous and often unsuccessful. Poachers live their lives purposefully under the government’s radar. Africa has recently begun to take poaching much more seriously through issuing $233,000, seven years in prison, or both, to persons caught poaching. This, along with the determination of the BLF, will ensure that Leyian will no longer be able to harm elephants. Commend the protection of Africa’s elephants and thank the BLF for its valiant efforts by signing this petition.


Dear Mr. Bonham,

Your organization, Big Life Foundation, recently succeeded in tracking and finding a notorious elephant poacher. I am writing to thank you for BLF’s perseverance and dedication to incarcerating this terrible man. I understand that this task was not easy, nor safe.

Africa has finally developed a strict anti-poaching policy. Kerumpoti Leyian will now serve seven deserved years in prison, without chance of bail. Your efforts to find him and ensure that he may no longer harm another elephant will be enforced. Thank you for doing everything in your power to ensure that the elephants of Africa remain alive and healthy.

The world appreciates your cause and efforts. I, as well as the undersigned, commend Big Life Foundation.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Paul Mannix via Wikimedia

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  1. I’m so Happy this person was found and sentenced to prison! ! This is a begining to hopefully deterring other poachers. Thank You from the bottom of my Heart

  2. Patricia Dumais says:

    Great news — hope it serves as a deterrent to others.





    By the way, the prison term should be longer and of course the financial penalty should be higher.

  4. thank you for protecting the elephants, you and your team are doing a good job. i hope the man rots in jail, or even better inflict the pain on him that he inflicted on the poor elephant. keep on with the good job. more people like you are needed to help many animals.. i would love to see all elephants save, and im sure many people would agree.. thank you again for your dedication to help Elephants .

  5. My opinion about this man is shoot on sight. This needs to be done to every poacher that is tracked down they don’t need a trial a bullet is what is needed to stop the killing. These elephants that have been on the planet for millions of years are going extinct because of greed and this isn’t the only time in history something like this has happened and it won’t be the last.

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