A former wildlife conservationist who helped save elephants from extinctions in the 1960s and 1970s will get $5.3 million in a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency said Thursday.
The agreement, which the agency had to approve by December 12, was reached in a federal lawsuit brought by the American Fund for Nature, an environmental group that seeks to recover the ivory.
It’s the first settlement of its kind under the Obama administration, and the largest for the agency in decades.
The settlement, filed in federal court in New York, said the former conservationist, Richard A. Daley, was not the person responsible for the illegal killing of elephants, and he never intended to harm the animals.
Daley is also a former U.N. ambassador and former chief of staff to Sen. Tom Harkin.
The settlement will pay him $3.6 million, according to the agency.