† Fénykövi elephant is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1955-11-13 at Cuando River region, in Angola, . Official death reason described as shot by Hungarian hunter Josef J. Fénykövi.
Fénykövi elephant was born wild at Africa unspecified location.
The largest elephant on record was an Adult
male African elephant hunted by Jose Fenykovi from Madrid in Angola in 1955.
1953: The TORCH article notes that Fénykövi donated the elephant to the museum in 1953. However, according to the Smithsonian Institution's Annual Reports, the elephant was not accessioned by the museum until 1957.
1955: J.J. Fénykövi, an European big-game hunter, donates a 2-ton elephant hide to the National Museum of Natural History. William Brown (Smithsonian chief taxidermist) and Norman Deaton mounted the exhibit after a tanner scraped and soaked the hide to make it thin and pliable. Brown observed the habits of elephants at the National Zoological Park to create a scientifically accurate model of an elephant moving at a fast walk, Trunk
lifted and Ears
fanned out. The elephant was moved to the rotunda of NMNH and unveiled March 1959.
June 4, 1956. Article published in the Sports Illustrated Vol. 4, Number 23 Sports magazine; Fénykövi's journey of capturing the largest elephant ever killed by man up to that time. Fénykövi, a businessman, tracked and killed the elephant in Angola, Africa, on November 13, 1955. Fénykövi's article describes the journey of he and his three assistants, Mario, Francisco and Kukuya. He details the types of weapons used, the ammunition and the techniques of navigating the African countryside. Additionally, Fénykövi provides the elephants weight, height and length.
After capturing the elephant, Fénykövi donated the specimen to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where the elephant was unveiled to the public in 1959.
March 6, 1959: A male African bush elephant, a gift from Josef J.Fénykövi, Hungarian-born engineer and big game hunter, and prepared by the museum's taxidermy staff, is unveiled in the place of honor in the center rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History. At the time of its unveiling, it is the largest land mammal on display in a museum. Fénykövi tracked down and shot the elephant in the Cuando River region of southeastern Angola on November 13, 1955.
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