The Biggest Elephant Ever Killed By Man: In the dense, wild bush of Angola, in Africa, a hunter tracks and kills the largest animal ever shot on earth

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  • The article published in the June 4, 1956, edition of Sports Illustrated details 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.


  • Fénykövi, Josef J
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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Sports Illustrated article written by Josef J. Fénykövi about tracking his famous elephant that now stands in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History.

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Sports Illustrated Vol. 4, Number 23 Sports magazine

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  • Animals
  • Hunting
  • Hunting and gathering societies
  • Fénykövi Elephant
  • Elephants
  • African Elephant
  • Hunters


  • Angola
  • Africa

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Number of pages : 06; Page numbers : 28-31 and 75-76

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