The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha: 06/13/11
"The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha" by Ken Altabef was one of my favorite stories in the July / August issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is a mystery and ghost story set in the near future on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. A woman working to save one of the last remaining elephant herds is trying to figure out the truth behind a series of deaths that appear to be done by a rouge herd.
Being that this is a story in FSF, it's not a simple answer. It's not just elephants on the loose. It's a ghost herd. Why they have appeared and how to stop them is at the heart of the story. It comes down to a plea for euthanasia from a species that knows it doesn't have much longer.