AN ageing elephant with giant tusks each weighing 100lb covers itself with dust to cool off — but constantly feels the heat.
The 50-year-old beast, named Craig, is protected from poachers and hunters 24 hours a day by a band of Masai warriors.
Die African Savanna elephant is thought to be one of only 20 “super-tuskers” alive today.
Pro photographer Clint Ralph, 59, took the snaps at Amboseli National Park, Kenia, where Craig roams freely in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hy het gesê: “I travelled here specifically to photograph Craig in his twilight years.
“It was emotional to be so close to such a legend in our time.”
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Twee jaar gelede, Craig’s friend and fellow super-tusker Tim died of natural causes at Amboseli.
His body was preserved for education purposes — and to stop poachers from selling his huge tusks on the black market.
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The heaviest tusks on record were from a bull shot in Kenia in 1897.
The 465lb pair are on display at London’s Natural History Museum.