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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.

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 “The body is on the way to National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi for taxidermists to prepare it for preservation for education and exhibition purposes,” KWS said in a statement.

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.

Iconic Tim Takes a Bow 😔

Geplaatst door Kenya Wildlife Service op Woensdag 5 februari 2020

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.

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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