Fénykövi Elephant

The Smithsonian museum’s 8-ton, 14-foot-tall African elephant (aka Fénykövi Elephant) is in a setting that re-creates the Angolan bush and it was unveiled on 6th March 1959. The hide, weighing two tons, was donated to the Smithsonian by the Hungarian big-game hunter Josef J. Fénykövi. The hide is mounted over a life-size model of the elephant’s body created using 10,000 pounds of clay, wood, metal lathe, plaster, and sisal fiber. (Source: Smithsonian Website)

Thrilling details of how the elephant was tracked and hunted are provided in a very interesting article of 1955 Sports Illustrated titled: The Biggest Elephant Ever Killed By Man.

Fénykövi Elephant Rebel T3, 37mm, f/5.6 @ 1/40

Fénykövi Elephant
Rebel T3, 37mm, f/5.6 @ 1/40

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