14 January 2013 Last updated at 21:49 ET
By Gabriel Gatehouse BBC News, Kenya/Nigeria
The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the scene in Kenya
Three elephant corpses lay piled on top of one another under the scorching Kenyan sun.
In their terror, the elephants must have sought safety in numbers – in vain: a thick trail of blackened blood traced their final moments.
In December, nine elephants were killed outside the Tsavo National Park, in south-eastern Kenya. This month, a family of 12 was gunned down in the same area.
In both cases, the elephants’ faces had been hacked off to remove the tusks. The rest was left to the maggots and the flies. …(more).