Matt (wild) an African savanna elephant at Samburu National Reserve

 ☨ ♂ Matt (wild)  

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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 52 years old
Body height: 3.05 meter, 10.0 feet
Body weight: 6000.00 kg, 13200.00 lbs
Born:* 1967 wild
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Dead date: 2019-10-07?
Death reason: age:
Present / last location:Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya

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Samburu National Reserve

Document updated2019-10-24; death report
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† Matt (wild) is a dead Male ♂ African savanna elephant, (Loxodonta africana), who died at Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya, of age in 2019-10-07?. (see detailed list).


Matt (wild) was born wild 1967.

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When he grew old he moved less and he was peaceful towards human beings. He became well known by the Samburu people living in the village of Serolipi.”

2016: Matt’s last collar was fitted in March 2016, and for the next three years (until last week) his position was recorded every hour for his protection and for the collection of important data.

2019-10-24: Matt, who was aged 52 and one of Kenya’s well-known elephant elders, apparently died from natural causes. During his lifetime he roamed further than any other Kenya elephant tracked by Save the Elephants, nearly circumventing Mount Kenya from Meru all the way to Laikipa, a continuous east to west loop of approximately 245 km. His travels also took him northward across Samburu for a stretch of 220 km.

His body was found by the Northern Rangelands Trust 9-1 anti-poaching unit on Monday October 7, and reported to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

He appeared in numerous nature documentary series including the BBC’s ‘This Wild Life’, ‘The Secret Lives of Elephants’ and ‘Nature’s Epic Journeys’.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Matt (wild), an African savanna elephant at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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