Africa's Iconic Elephant, Dida Dies in Tsavo National Park
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has today reported the death of Africa's iconic female tusker elephant, Dida whose remains were discovered in the Tsavo East National Park, Taita Taveta county.
The KWS found Dida's carcass on an aerial patrol over the past few days. The KWS acknowledged Dida for being a great repository of many decades and for her brilliant move to care for her herd throughout many seasons and challenging times.
"Dida was truly an iconic matriarch of Tsavo and a great repository of many decades worth of knowledge. She shepherd her herd through many seasons and challenging times. She served as both the subject to various documentaries and an iconic tourist attraction," the KWS wrote.
Dida was also featured in various wildlife documentaries through pictures and videos. According to reports, Dida died as a result of old age having lived between 60 to 65 years.
A matriach has rested ????— Kenya Wildlife Service (@kwskenya) November 1, 2022
We are saddened by the death of Dida who was possibly Africa’s largest female Tusker and a Matriarch residing in @KWSTsavoEast National Park. She died from natural causes due to old age having lived a full life to about 60-65 years old. pic.twitter.com/914FMPKLoF
One of the most attractive features that Dida had was the long tusks that many tourists both locally and internationally were attracted to.
One of Africa’s largest female elephants with very long tusks, has died aged 60-65 years at the Tsavo East National Park in Taita Taveta County.— Veronicah Maina (@Main18Maina) November 1, 2022
Rest In Peace Dida pic.twitter.com/SuQCdPUo62