The last remaining tusker elephant locally known as Tim died in Amboseli National Park on Tuesday 5/02/2020, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). He died of natural causes.
African elephants are referred as “tuskers” when their tusks grow so long that they reach the ground. Tim’s tusks were said to weigh more than 45kg each.
According to KWS ‘Tim was mischievous‘
During the first year, he made 183 attempts to enter farmlands and raid crops.
The monitoring team were able to stop around 50% of these from going any further, Save the Elephants said.
In February last year, Tim nearly died after he became trapped in a muddy swamp. However was later rescued by KWS and animal protection groups.
Former Save the Elephants field assistant Ryan Wilkie said: “Tim was a special elephant – not just to me but to hundreds, thousands of people who would flock to Amboseli just for the chance to see him.
“He was so incredibly intelligent, mischievous, yes, but also a truly gentle giant and in that way a real ambassador for his species.”
The animal’s body will be sent to a taxidermist in Nairobi so that it can go on display, KWS said in a statement .