Big tim africa’s largest elephant /tusker dies at age 50
Big tim africa’s largest elephant /tusker dies at age 50: Elephants hold the record of being the largest land mammals, for that reasons they are also presumed to be very intelligent as a result of still being on record for the having the second largest brains next to that of whales. The Kenya wildlife service on the 5th February 2020 was shocked by the death of big tim one of Africa’s largest elephant at the foot hills of the scenic mountain Kilimanjaro, in Amboseli national park. Amboseli national park is one of kenya’s top national park , situated in the boarder of Kenya and Tanzania with scenic view of Africa’s highest mountain “ mount Kilimanjaro”.
Big tim was found dead on the above date and presumably died of natural causes. Big tim died at age of 50 years making him one of the most senior residents of Amboseli national park and he was a survivor of several poaching attempts.
Elephants especially African elephants are considered tuskers because of the how long their tusks grow to the ground. Ordinarily elephants grow their tusks long enough to reach the ground. But lately the record of having tusks for elephants grow long enough to reach ground is slowly diminishing , as per reports coming in from several wildlife conservationists.
The reasons for the disappearance of large tuskers is no quit clear , but its attributed to certain factors such as poaching . it is said that poachers are target elephants with big ivory and those with heavy stand a bigger risk of being poached for their ivory. There poaching of huge elephants with huge tusks reduced the gene pool therefore leading the current elephants in the African wilderness having smaller tusk as compared to the earlier years where the elephants have huge tusk.
Big tim / pachyderm also moved freely in the park and some times got into trouble with the people neighboring the park because of storminig their gardens and eating their crops. This risky moves that made jeopardized his life thereby putting him at risk of poaching. Indeed there was an incident when he was shot at with spear on the ear and rangers came to his rescue.
Big time will dearly be missed and arrangements have been made to move his body from Amboseli national park to Nairobi , where he will be preserved and be displayed in kenyas national museum, said the Kenya wildlife service sources.