16 May 2019

Kenya’s ‘Elephant Queen’ immortalized in remarkable photographs

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British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, was literally taken aback the moment he first encountered the legendary elephant. It was a majestic elephant with a majestic tusk. The elephant is more affectionately nicknamed, “queen of the elephants,” in Kenya. After several days spent hunting down this elephant with aid from the Tsavo Trust staff, Burrard-Lucas recounted that her entrance was like something from the natural world that was long lost. Will Burrard-Lucas says in his blog that if he hadn’t seen her with his own eyes, he wouldn’t have believed that such an animal existed. After seeing her, Burrary-Lucas and his team spent several days photographing the animal as it and its herd searched for food and water. It is noted that elephants with large tusks of these size are very few in the world, about twenty in number, and half of them can be found here at the Tsavo Conservation Area in Kenya.

Key Takeaways:

  • British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, states that the moment he saw the elephant tagged the “queen of the elephants” with its tusks he was astonished.
  • For several days in August 2017, Burrard-Lucard and a team from the Tsavo trust spent a long time scouring an area the size of Switzerland looking for this animal.
  • The Tsavo conservation area in Kenya is home to elephants with gigantic tusks and it is believed that of the 20 in the world, half reside here.

“”When I first saw her I was awestruck, for she had the most amazing tusks I had ever seen,” he wrote in a blog post. “If I hadn’t looked upon her with my own eyes, I might not have believed that such an elephant could exist in our world. If there were a Queen of Elephants, it would surely have been her.””

Read more: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/kenyas-elephant-queen-immortalized-remarkable-last-photographs

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