Credit: BURRARD-LUCAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Last Pictures of Kenya’s Elephant Queen: She was a sight to behold

by | March 20, 2019

If you think animals are beings without dignity, you might like to reconsider. The images of Kenya’s one of the last remaining ‘super tusker’ have surfaced online, clicked by British photographer- Will Burrard-Lucas. She was an astounding elephant and dignity as if oozes out from the images of hers. She died a natural death, but others of her species may not have a similar fate. The horrors of poisoned arrow and bullets continue to haunt the land of giants. Read on to know more.

Credit: BURRARD-LUCAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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She was like ‘a relic from a bygone era’

“Her tusks were so long that they scraped the ground in front of her. She was like a relic from a bygone era,” British Photographer- Will Burrard-Lucas writes in the blog. With the help of the Tsavo trust and The Kenya Wildlife Service, Bill considers being able to click the images of one of the rarest elephant in the world was one of the greatest honors of his life. The female elephant, codenamed F_MU1 roamed the Tsavo, Kenya quietly for 60 years. The images Will Burrard-Lucas clicked were some of the last, as shortly after the majestic creature died a natural death. Will said, he wouldn’t have believed that such an elephant could exist had he not seen her (the ‘super-tusker) before.

A super-tusker, as F_MU1 was, her tusks were so enormous that they scraped the ground beneath while she walked. The BBC reported that there are fewer than 30 such tuskers left in the wild of Kenya.

Credit: BURRARD-LUCAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Bill, in his blog, wrote- “F_MU1 was skinny and old but she strode forward with stately grace. Her tusks were so long that they scraped the ground in front of her. She was like a relic from a bygone era.”

Others of her species may not have a similar fate

F_MU1, the ‘super-tusker’ bill clicked during her last days was already 60-years old. She had survived the test of her time. She died a natural death. But not every elephant in Africa meets a similar fate. Poaching reportedly takes a toll on the existence of many of these large mammalian species. Although elephant conservation efforts in Kenya are strengthening (Death penalty), is there any effort that can kill the will to poach? What do you think? Comment below.


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Debayan Paul

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