Kemyebu the Egyptian Black Elephant

Kemyebu the Egyptian Black Elephant

Kemyebu’s name means “black elephant” in the ancient Egyptian language, for he has much darker coloring than normal for his species. You could say he is a rare example of melanism in elephants. Thanks to his unusual color, the people who keep Kemyebu revere him as so sacred that only their kings and queens can ride him. In this sense his experience is analogous to that of albino elephants kept by historical Southeast Asian rulers.


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