Tsavo is the first national park that was created in Kenya. The park was founded on 1 April 1948. The animals characteristic for the park are large red elephants that are under complete protection. Among other animals that can be found there are crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Large baobabs towering over the African bush are specific plants for the park. The Tsavo National Park enjoys large interest from the safari fans, who visit the park in bigger numbers every year. One of French athletes, Boxberger, was trampled by an elephant when visiting the park on 9 August 2001. Due to safety reasons the park can be visited only with the company of a guard.