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Google celebrates ‘Ahmed’ the elephant born in Kenya in 1919 known for his big tusks

Google Doodle releases a doodle dedicated to Ahmed the Elephant with illustrations of elephants and tourists.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Ahmed the Elephant, honouring his remarkable life and the indelible mark he left on Kenya and the world. 

Ahmed was an elephant born in 1919 in the forests of Kenya in Mount Marsabit and became known for his impressive tusks, which were the longest and heaviest ever recorded in Africa. 

Each of his tusks weighed over 150 pounds.

Ahmed became a symbol of Kenya’s natural beauty and was even given special protection by the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta. 

He was also a popular tourist attraction, and many people came from all over the world to see him.

Ahmed was known to climb the hill backwards due to his long tusks. 

Ahmed quickly became a symbol of Kenya’s natural beauty. He was featured in many magazines and documentaries, and he was a popular tourist attraction. 

In 1970 Ahmed featured in many television projects, including an ABC series and a documentary. 

Ahmed was also a reminder of the importance of conservation. 

His tusks were a valuable commodity, and poachers were always on the lookout for them. 

The Kenyan government was determined to protect Ahmed from poachers, and they made him a symbol of their commitment to conservation.

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As Ahmed the Elephant’s fame soared, a wave of concern swept through Kenyan school children. Fearing for the safety of this beloved icon, they embarked on a letter-writing campaign, passionately appealing to protect Ahmed from the lurking threat of poachers. 

Their heartfelt pleas resonated with Kenya’s first President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who promptly recognized Ahmed’s immense value and swiftly placed him under his protection by Presidential Decree.

 Ahmed died of natural causes at age 55. 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.

The reach of this doodle spans various regions including Kenya, Iceland, Uruguay, Chile, Pakistan, France, Ireland United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany among other countries.

His story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the power of nature and our duty to cherish and protect the natural world.

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