Google Doodle, the creative and artistic platform used by Google to commemorate significant events and individuals, has dedicated a doodle today to Ahmed, the Elephant.
Who is ‘Ahmed,’ the Elephant?
Ahmed the Elephant lived in Kenya’s Marsabit National Reserve. The legendary animal is believed to have had some of the longest and the heaviest tusks in Africa. He was declared a national treasure and remains the only elephant in history to be protected by presidential decree.
He was born in 1919 in the forest of Kenya in Mount Marsabit. He became the centre of attention for the people after being spotted in the 1960s by hikers in the Northern Kenya mountains.
Following his discovery, the world recognized him with his giant tusks and he became popular as “The King of Marsabit”.
ABC— an Australian news service— made a series and a documentary in the year 1970 after the hiker claimed that Ahmed’s tusks were so large that they scraped the ground.
Kenya celebrated the elephant’s legacy following his death. President Kenyatta called upon taxidermists to make arrangements to preserve Ahmed’s body for future generations at the Nairobi National Museum where his body has been meticulously preserved and saved and can be still found today.