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One Ton is known for his calm demeanor and celebrity status as one of Africa's dwindling "Super Tuskers." He has captured the hearts of many who have had the privilege of encountering him. His presence at the water holes in the Chyulu Hills, including at Ol Donyo Lodge and the home of Big Life’s co-founder Richard Bonham, is a sight to behold.

Despite his popularity, One Ton has faced his fair share of challenges. In 2021, he was spotted with a severe wound on his neck, likely the result of a fight with another bull elephant – a common occurrence as these mighty males spar for dominance. Thankfully, a swift response from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust-funded KWS vet ensured that One Ton received the necessary veterinary care.

Concern for One Ton's wellbeing didn't end there. In 2024, he was once again spotted with a wound on his neck, prompting another urgent call for medical assistance. The vet again quickly responded to administer treatment. The size and depth of the puncture suggested another clash with a fellow bull elephant. While such incidents highlight the challenges faced by elephants in the wild, they also underscore the importance of ongoing conservation efforts to protect these amazing animals.

Today, One Ton is alive and well, thriving in and around the Greater Amboseli ecosystem. He’s sporting a new crack on one of his majestic tusks, presumably caused in one of the many tussles he’s engaged in.We hope he doesn’t have too big of a toothache, and we’re keeping a close eye on him regardless.

To celebrate One Ton, a new museum-quality print has been released. Based on an original oil painting by Jennifer Delaney, the artwork was inspired by a photograph of One Ton taken by the artist’s aunt, Karen Delaney-Wolverton, who serves on the Board of Directors for Big Life Canada.

The original artwork will be auctioned off to raise funds for Big Life's conservation initiatives.  The prints themselves are available for purchase through Big Life’s e-store.  They have been generously donated, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting our vital conservation efforts.

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Photo of One Ton: Jeremy Goss