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#RIPTim: Iconic Tim, One of Kenya’s Largest Elephant is Dead

Tim, the famous  Amboseli National Park tusker, died on February 4, aged 50 years according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

While announcing the death of the elephant in a press release, the Kenya Wildlife Service noted that Big Tim will be stuffed and preserved at National Museums of Kenya “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.

Tim was an enormous bull elephant, with massive tusks that touched the ground. His fame catalysed many conservation programs, and he was a popular photographic subject for tourists, who would travel from across the world to see him. He is Africa’s most photographed elephant.

Tim captured the hearts of people around the world because of his gentle demeanour. He is an ambassador for his species, as his legend will live on.

Tim narrowly escaped death in 2018 when he got stuck in a waterhole before being rescued.

We celebrate his life with these images, which were submitted by entrants to our Photographer of the Year

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Tim
©Ryan Wilkie
Tusker
©Selengei Poole-Granli
Tim
©Dean Bricknell
Tusker
©Selengei Poole-Granli
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Written by How Africa

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