Raja at Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)

† Raja
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male, unknown years
Dead date:
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
ArrivedSri Lanka National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwela Zoo)
Born:1976 wild
Document updated2009-08-20: Birth, Text
2012-02-09: reported dead
1997-12-25: Raja, elephant at National Zoological Gardens who killed his trainer 18 months before, kills another trainer by grabbing with his trunk and goring with his tusk. (Associated Press)

In January 1998, Raja was put up for public auction after being labeled a "killer." On Christmas Day 1997, he grabbed a keeper and gored him with a small tusk. Eighteen months prior, as part of the five elephant performance he grabbed and smashed another trainer into an electric pole, killing him. The zoo director declined to put down the animal due to the predominantly Buddhist country.

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