February 5, 2020
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Kenya's iconic elephant known for its big tusks has passed on at Amboseli National Park. Tim, the 50-year-old tusker, was found dead in the morning of Tuesday, February 4, at Mada area where he used to roam around with other female elephants.
In a statement issued by Kenya Wildlife Service, the remains were transferred to the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi to prepare the body for preservation and education purposes.
According to KWS director-general John Waweru, the pride of Kenya died out of old age.
Tim was one of the last remaining breeds of Africa's big tuskers that has been roaming in the park for years. He was on the limelight in 2018, when he got stuck in the mud and was rescued by conservationists who used a tractor and land cruisers to pull him out. The animal had been stuck at the Amboseli swamps in Kimana sanctuary and it took four hours to pull it from the mud.
In 2016, the tusker was speared in the head and to the surprise of many, walked itself to the conservationists who removed the spear.