Big Tim is dead

Big Tim of Amboseli National Park is dead. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) confirmed that the famous big tusked elephant passed on February 4th  aged 50 years.

KWS added through a statement 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,” read the statement.

Some years ago, Big Tim was struck on the head with a large rock and his ear pierced with a spear whose tip got embedded in his shoulder. He was able to recover from this poaching attempt.

The great patriarch was unlike other males that become solitary from the group when they reach sexual maturity. He was always in company of females and their families.

“…. Tim was always welcome to travel in company of females and their families. He was unassuming and unpretentious and laid back. A benevolent slow-moving preserver of the peace at Amboseli, he was well known and loved throughout Kenya,” read the KWS statement signed for the Director General Brg (Rtd) John Waweru.