Tim, the iconic Amboseli National Park elephant is dead. Tim, who was among the last standing male elephants from the T family which is known to big tusks died on Tuesday, February 4 aged 50 years, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.
To preserve the memory of one of the most famous tusker elephants to have ever walked the earth, the Kenya National Museums of Kenya said Tim will be stuffed and preserved at National Museums of Kenya.
Big Tim has weathered many storms; the great patriarch was, some years ago, struck on the head with a large rock and its ear pierced with a spear whose tip got embedded in his shoulder but was treated, KWS says.
Tim was always in the company of females despite having reached sexual maturity. Male elephants leave the herd when they attain sexual maturity.
“But Tim was always welcome to travel in the company of females and their families. He was unassuming and laid back.
Tim the iconic great tusker who died in Amboseli earlier yesterday was one of the last remaining great tuskers in Kenya. Tim will be greatly missed. The plains of Amboseli will no longer be the same without him. Read more: https://t.co/UHGKPjoCn3 Photo: Ryan Wilkie / STE #RIPTim pic.twitter.com/T3QRzHjaSR
— Save the Elephants (@ste_kenya) February 5, 2020
A benevolent slow-moving preserver of the peace at Amboseli, he was well known and loved throughout Kenya,” KWS said in a statement that was signed for the Director-General Brig (Rtd) John Waweru.
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