By Mia De Graaf
The elephant that inspired the Save The Elephants charity has been found dead after poachers ripped his tusks from his skull.
Mountain Bull, a 46-year-old African elephant, was found in Mount Kenya forest last week after his GPS tracker installed by conservationists stalled.
He is thought to have been dead for eight days.
The six-tonne elephant became the face of the Save The Elephants campaign in October 2012.
Prone to ploughing down anything from huge trees to man-made barriers, he had been attracting the attention of poachers for years.
In a desperate bid to protect the magnificent creature, conservationists gave Mountain Bull a tracking device to identify his natural migration path.
They then built a 'wildlife corridor' between Mount Kenya and the northern rangelands, previously blocked by human development.
And to dissuade him from crushing fences, they sawed off part of his tusks.
A spokesman for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy project in North Kenya said: 'Mountain Bull’s death is a great loss to the conservation fraternity.
'He taught us much about elephant and animal behaviour, migration routes and patterns, and to a large extent, left many inspired by his bravery and resilience.' Photos.