Big Tim’s body is being transported to Nairobi, where a taxidermist will preserve it for display at the national museum [Ryan Wilkie/Save the Elephants]
One of Africa’s last remaining giant “tusker” elephants has died in Kenya aged 50, the country’s wildlife service (KWS) said.
Big Tim died in Mada area of Amboseli National Park from natural causes, KWS said in a statement on Wednesday.
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“The celebrated elephant died early on Tuesday morning aged 50,” the statement said.
He was “a benevolent, slow-moving preserver of the peace at Amboseli,” KWS said. “He was well known and loved throughout Kenya.”
Big Tim’s carcas was found at the foot of the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants said. An elephant is technically a “tusker” when its ivory tusks are so long that they scrape the ground. Usually, only old bull elephants grow their tusks long enough to reach this acclaimed status.