The world lost Majestic Tim, one of Kenya’s largest elephants, in early February 2020. Majestic Tim was popular for his size, enormous tusks, gentleness and extreme intelligence – qualities that made him a favorite with tourists, conservationists and game park rangers. Big Tim was 50 years old and died of natural causes at the Amboseli National Park.
By May Livere
What We can Learn from Majestic Tim
Even as Big Tim’s long life is celebrated, the African elephant remains vulnerable and is on conservation’s red list of species threatened with extinction. The population of elephants has reduced greatly in the last century mainly because of poaching. Each year, more than 30,000 elephants are poached for their ivory.
Worse, this loss is not suffered by elephants alone. Presently, many animals and birds around the world face extinction tied to the destruction of their habitats. This is caused by pollution, massive poaching and wildlife trafficking, commercial development, effects of climate change, among others. Global warming has so far affected 47% of land mammals and 23% of birds. If it continues, species that cannot change or adapt fast enough will become extinct. Habitat destruction being the main threat to endangered species, humanity is propagating a wildlife crisis.
How You Can Help
Here’s what you can do to help protect wildlife and their habitats:
- Leave only footprints
Trash is harmful. It pollutes natural resources. Pick up your trash and put it in its place.
- Use eco-friendly products
Home products, cosmetics, detergents, fertilizers, pesticides etc, should not contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment.
Limit your plastic usage.
- Visit a national park
Help generate the revenue needed to support the wildlife economy as you learn more about animals in the wild.
Promote sustainable tourism.
Take steps to revitalize the environment. Plant indigenous trees. Start your own kitchen garden, no matter the size of your yard.
If you can’t reuse, recycle.
- Stay involved
Engage in conservation activities. There are many ways you can contribute – volunteer at a nonprofit, support conservation campaigns, donate to a wildlife foundation, adopt an animal, the options are vast.
- Share information
Spread the word about wildlife conservation. Use your networks to communicate current issues. Tell your friends and family what they can do to help.
- Buy responsibly
Do not make wildlife trafficking profitable – do not purchase products associated with endangered species.
Wildlife is needed for human survival. Animals and plants are as important as humans in sustaining a healthy ecological balance on the planet. The loss in numbers of one species disrupts the ecosystem and imbalances the natural order.
Majestic Tim was in the league of Kenyan super tuskers like Ahmed who died in 1974 aged 55, and Satao – possibly the world’s largest tusker – who died in the hands of poachers in 2014. It is the sad reality that tuskers are endangered because of their ivory. Majestic Tim survived two poaching incidents.
It is farewell for Big Tim, but a statement on appreciating wildlife. His body is preserved at the Nairobi National Museum for education and exhibition purposes.
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