By Mike Pflanz
Wildlife rangers found six tusks in Soila Sayialel's four-wheel-drive and arrested her and her son, Robert, on suspicion of smuggling.
Mrs Sayialel, 50, is the deputy director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, which was heavily featured in the final episode of Mr Attenborough's groundbreaking television show as an exemplary conservation organisation.
It is led by Cynthia Moss, 70, an American pioneer in elephant research who has spent more than 40 years working with the animals in Amboseli, a reserve in southern Kenya in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro.
"We are very sorry to report that the Amboseli Trust for Elephants is facing some of [its\ most challenging times ever," Mrs Moss said.
"We have no belief in these allegations and we are confident an investigation will exonerate them of all charges.
"We ask everyone to remember that we have fought for and dedicated our lives to elephants for decades. We do not intend to stop now."
Lawyers for Mrs Sayialel and her son, an IT specialist at the trust, claimed in court in Kenya on Monday that the tusks were planted in the pair's Land Rover by Kenya Wildlife Service staff.
"The accused have been … spearheading conservation efforts," said Philip Murgor, their attorney. "This seems to have rubbed the Kenya Wildlife Service the wrong way."
Poaching for elephant ivory and rhino horn is at near-record levels across Africa as surging demand in the Far East drives prices higher. More....