The KWS said Dida had shepherded her herd through many seasons and challenging time

A Kenyan elephant, thought to have been Africa’s largest female tusker, has died of old age, wildlife officials have said.

Dida, also known as Queen of Tsavo, was aged between 60 and 65 years, the upper age limit of an elephant in the wild.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) hailed her as an “iconic matriarch” of the Tsavo East National Park.

Famed for her long tusks, Dida was a major tourist attraction at the park, the oldest in Kenya.

A matriach has rested

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.
Dida was a 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.
Those who got to know her through pictures and videos as well as those who had the exquisite pleasure of meeting her in person will remember her.
Rest Well Dida.