Satao is a tribute to the well-known African elephant from Kenya, who was tragically killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow.
From the Story of the Auspicious Beasts:
Elephant gently wrapped her trunk around Gorilla’s shoulders. She had watched Gorilla grow into an admirable and just leader. “Remember Gorilla, the power of family. The patience and perseverance we show our children must be extended to man. Mother Earth grows weary but continues to love and protect them. Mermaid, I will teach man forgiveness and cooperation.”