Extraordinary last photos of Kenya's 'Elephant Queen'

The majesty of Kenya's 'Elephant Queen' has been captured in a series of stunning photos.
For more than 60 years, the 'super tusker' known as F_MU1 roamed the vast plains of Tsavo National Park.
But just before she died of natural causes in October 2017, the awe-inspiring animal was photographed by wildlife snapper Will Burrard-Lucas.
'When I first saw her I was awestruck, for she had the most amazing tusks I had ever seen,' Burrard-Lucas said of the extraordinary encounter.
'If I hadn't looked upon her with my own eyes, I might not have believed that such an elephant could exist in our world. If there were a Queen of Elephants, it would surely have been her.'
The 35-year-old has shared a series of black and white photos he took of F_MU1 during an 18-month project with the Tsavo Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service.
'F_MU1 was skinny and old but she strode forward with stately grace,' Burrard-Lucas said.
'Her tusks were so long that they scraped the ground in front of her. She was like a relic from a bygone era.'
There are now less than 30 super tuskers left in Africa, mainly due to the scourge of ivory poaching.
Burrard-Lucas made headlines in February for his extraordinary images of a black leopard in Kenya.
See more of Burrard-Lucas's photographs on his
Instagram account
and read his encounter
on his blog.
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