By Susie Boniface
Deep in the heart of the West African national park, there is a glade filled with butterflies of every colour.
It is a tranquil spot surrounded by trees and silence.
Elephants come here to dig for water, supposedly a long way from the problems of man.
Yet a few feet away is the carcass of a bull elephant who had the front of his face cut off with a chainsaw... while he was still alive.
Poachers lay in wait for him at the quiet waterhole, then opened fire. He fled a short distance before collapsing in pain as the band of killers closed in.
They sliced into the old bull’s head to extract every last inch of his precious ivory – worth up to £90,000 per tusk to buyers in China.
After a few weeks in the heat his skin has dried and shrivelled.
Little is left of him but his spine, one ear, and an eyelid closed as if in sleep. Butterflies flutter in and out of his exposed ribs. More....