During their August survey, Fay and his crew caught glimpses of horsemen who might have been responsible for the elephant massacre.
In one encounter, the crew flew over a suspected poachers' camp several times. On the third pass, a man with an assault rifle fired at the plane as it passed by just 150 feet (46 meters) above the ground. No one was injured in that attack, and Fay managed to snap a photo of the gunner.
The next morning Fay and his team found the carcasses of seven recently killed elephants not far from the campsite. The poachers "are still hammering away," Fay said, "and they will kill every single elephant if [the animals] are not protected."